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Become A Classroom Assistant

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Working As A Classroom Assistant

  • 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 Assistant Do At Easter Seals

* Participate in role of the para trainings and meetings at sites.
* Assist in recruitment of children with disabilities.
* Work as a classroom team to support the full inclusion of children with identified and suspected disabilities.
* Work as a classroom team to prepare lesson plans, complete observations, and assess children.
* Follow through with activities, materials, in alignment with the children’s IEP goals throughout the entire school day.
* Read and demonstrate knowledge of children’s IEPs.
* Individualize for children with identified and suspected disabilities every week as documented in lesson plans.
* Collect behavior data as requested for children with identified concerns.
* Follow through with teacher/clinical /administrative recommendations regarding all aspects of curriculum and programming.
* In conjunction with classroom teacher, maintain consistent communication with the children’s families/guardians.
* Participate in all scheduled team meetings pertaining to classroom.
* Assist in plans and strategies to include all children on field trips
* Assume full responsibility for one group of children engaged in a specific activity.
* Active Supervision and participates with children during free play activities.
* Share responsibility for cleaning up after all classroom activities.
* Set up the room for activities both in the morning and after naptime.
* Participate in monthly training and reflective supervision.
* Participate in all scheduled in-house trainings throughout the school year.
* Attend parent meetings
* Travel daily to other Easterseals sites or community partners to support the inclusion of children with special needs.
* All other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Classroom Assistant

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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Classroom Assistant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    79.6%
  • Male

    18.6%
  • Unknown

    1.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.5%
  • Asian

    7.4%
  • Unknown

    1.8%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    49.6%
  • French

    13.1%
  • Mandarin

    4.6%
  • Arabic

    4.6%
  • Chinese

    4.2%
  • Japanese

    3.5%
  • German

    3.1%
  • Italian

    2.7%
  • Cantonese

    2.3%
  • Korean

    1.9%
  • Russian

    1.9%
  • Portuguese

    1.5%
  • Swedish

    1.2%
  • Greek

    1.2%
  • Vietnamese

    0.8%
  • Hmong

    0.8%
  • Hindi

    0.8%
  • Thai

    0.8%
  • Filipino

    0.8%
  • Amharic

    0.8%
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Top Skills for A Classroom Assistant

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Top Classroom Assistant Skills

  1. Behavior Management
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Small Group Instruction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented small group instruction, and gained perspective on cooperative learning, as well as classroom and behavior management.
  • Developed weekly lesson plans based on the daily curriculum.
  • Assist teacher in one-on-one or small group instruction, maintenance of structured classroom routine.
  • Utilize artistic creativity to design art projects adhering to the Keystone 4 standards.
  • Collaborate with classroom teacher on areas where students need assistance

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