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Become A Classroom Aide

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Working As A Classroom Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $24,900

    Average Salary

What Does A Classroom Aide Do At Cantalician Center for Learning

* Assist individual students and small groups of students as directed by the teacher and/or teacher assistant.
* Use proactive behavior management techniques to prevent the escalation of challenging or inappropriate behavior.
* Utilize only preapproved behavior management techniques.
* Adhere to individual behavior intervention plans and classroom behavior plan.
* Track behaviors in accordance with Cantalician Center protocol.
* Support a mutually respectful, safe and supportive learning environment that is inclusive of every student.
* Demonstrate knowledge of and is responsive to the social, cultural, linguistic, family and community factors that influence students in the classroom.
* Maintains clear expectations for the students.
* Provide the necessary supports to foster independence.
* Provide appropriate supervision to students at all times throughout the school day.
* Provide appropriate supervision to students during recreational periods, arrival and departure, field trips, nurses’ office, cafeteria, to/from the bus and other out-of-class activities by proximity and redirection.
* Additionally, provides supervision as requested during therapies.
* Promptly report to classroom at start and end of day.
* Provide clear and succinct direction to students.
* Maintain a clean and orderly work environment.
* Provide appropriate physical care of assigned students to maintain their cleanliness, safety and comfort.
* This would include tasks such as direct assistance with washing, dressing and toileting.
* Adhere to the break and lunch times established by the teacher.
* Effectively tracks student progress on one or more learning goals using a formative approach to assessment as directed by the teacher.
* Any communications to a parent should go through the teacher or person acting in that capacity (teacher assistant or substitute teacher) or referred to the Principal.
* Foster students’ independence ensuring that students achieve the greatest level of independence possible and appropriate for that particular student.
* Ensure that verbal and written communications including tone, demeanor, and content with students, staff, and parents are at all times professional, appropriate and respectful.
* Model and demonstrate expected student behavior.
* Follow all directives given by the teacher and perform all duties and responsibilities where and as needed.
* In the teacher’s absence the teacher substitute or teacher assistant is in charge of the classroom.
* Use available technology including whiteboards, computers and augmentative devices.
* Visits to other classrooms are not permitted unless assigned to do so.
* Supply teacher with information pertinent to a student’s evaluation to accurately determine the functional level of the student.
* Consistently comply with all agency policies and procedures.
* Perform other tasks as directed by the teacher or the Principal.
* Perform other duties as requested by the Principal, or Director of Education

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How To Become A Classroom Aide

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.

Education

Most school districts require applicants to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework or have earned an associate’s degree. Teacher assistants in schools that have a Title 1 program (a federal program for schools with a large proportion of students from low-income households) must have at least a 2-year degree, 2 years of college, or pass a state or local assessment.

Associate’s degree programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers and teaching assistants in the classroom.

Most states require instructional aides who work with special-needs students to pass a skills-based test.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teacher assistants need to discuss students’ progress with teachers and parents, so they need to be able to communicate well.

Interpersonal skills. Teacher assistants interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good working relationships with the people they work with.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teacher assistants must be patient with students who struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. To reinforce lessons, teacher assistants must explain information to students in a way that meets each student’s learning style. 

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Top Skills for A Classroom Aide

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Top Classroom Aide Skills

  1. Autistic Children
  2. Kindergarten Classroom
  3. Special Needs Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide educational and behavioral support for autistic children in a one on one class and home setting.
  • Communicate with staff members to ensure proper care for special needs children.
  • Developed and implemented daily lesson plans with Special Education teachers to advance student comprehension and enhance individual and collective exam progress.
  • Aided the classroom teacher with general classroom tasks; worked with students on fluency and times table tests individually
  • Provided individual, and small group instruction to develop literacy, and math skills.

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