Discover How You Can Become A Teaching Assistant With No Experience
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing about how you can become a teaching assistant with no experience.
Teaching children, and even adults, is one of the most rewarding professions on the planet. It can also be one of the most difficult as not everyone is keen to learn. Fortunately, you have the training to help with this.
In addition, to become a teacher you’ll need either a bachelor of education or a specialist degree followed by a master’s in teaching. It will take you between 4-6 years to qualify.
That’s a serious commitment and not one that many people can do if they are already holding down a job and perhaps supporting a family. Instead, most people look at whether they could be a teaching assistant.
It’s a great way to get started and you can always undertake training for a formal qualification later.
Becoming A Teaching Assistant
The great news is that no qualification is necessary to become a teaching assistant. You’ll simply need to convince a school to give you a trial and show, via background checks, that you won’t be a threat to the students.
However, competition is generally fierce, the best way to get ahead of the crowd and secure the teaching assistant job you want is to study for a teaching aide qualification.
The course gives you everything you need to become an excellent teaching assistant and it can be completed in a surprisingly short space of time.
You’ll then find it much easier to secure the job you want.
The Role Of A Teaching Assistant
It can be helpful to understand exactly what a teaching assistant is supposed to do. To start with, it should be noted that teaching assistants can work in primary schools, secondary schools, and even in early education facilities. That means there are more opportunities locally than you may think.
There are several duties that every teaching assistant will need to do:
- Work with the teacher to develop lesson plans
- Coordinate the activities within class to ensure everyone is doing the right thing
- Look after student records, including attendance and reports
- Help the teacher to assess progress, mark tests, and evaluate progress
- Assist students as needed to help them understand the concepts being taught
- Individual meetings with students to help them progress better
In many ways, the teaching assistant does the same job as the teacher. But, they have less responsibility and will find it easier to switch off at the end of the day.
Steps To Start As A Teaching Assistant
Gaining the teaching aide qualification will help you secure a job. But, you can improve your chances further by volunteering within a local school while training. This will give you some experience and can even persuade a school to offer you a job once your training is finished.
If not, at least you’ll have secured some good references.
Be A Substitute
If you’re struggling to find an opportunity in your area then become a substitute teaching assistant. That’s someone that can be called on to cover sickness and other issues. You’ll be surprisingly busy and get some great experience.