Tecaher Aides

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tecaher Aides
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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 4:07pm
What do all you teachers think of teacher aides? I am applying for a teacher aide position in my school district (elementary) and was wondering if teachers see aides as being as helpful as I would think they would be when trying to deal with 25-30 kids in a class. What type of duties do you assign to teacher aides? I would really like hands on experience with the kids rather than strictly clerical work. Also, have you known teachers who take advantage of aides?
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Registered: 03-24-2003
In reply to: jds_mom95
Tue, 05-13-2003 - 8:06pm
The job of an aide can vary with the job description from district to district. Some schools want the aide to be an extension of the teacher and work directly with the students under the teacher's direction. Others expect more clerical help to free the teacher to work with more students individually. In some it is left to the teacher and again, they see things differently. I always wanted an aide that was flexible and good at everything. A good aide can tutor, make creative teaching tools like maipulatives and bulletin boards, is understanding and responsive, is accurate with grading and filing, and functions well independently and with initiative. Most teachers and aides that run into trouble do so when the aide begins to overrule, contradict, or question the teacher's requests, rules, or plans. The teacher and aide must be a team and see things in similar ways. Cooperation is vital. I've had some great aides and always found great friends too.


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Registered: 03-30-2003
In reply to: jds_mom95
Fri, 05-16-2003 - 11:14pm
I'm just finishing up my second and last year as an aide (I'm about to graduate with my master's degree, so next year--hopefully--I'll have my own classroom).

In our district, aides are assigned to inclusion-type classrooms to help students who have special needs. Generally, unless the student has severe difficulties, the aide also helps other students as needed. It's been great, and I've learned a lot. Especially this year, the teacher I have worked with has been an absolute delight and we've enjoyed a very collegial relationship. She treats me like a co-teacher and communicates this respect to the children as well. I always defer to her for the final say on any major decisions, and I always keep her apprised of any developments. But this has never been a problem, as she is extremely flexible and always tries to accommodate me if I have developed a lesson or want to read a book to the children. On the elementary level--in our district, at least--being an aide offers lots of opportunity for creativity, and is 90% hands-on with the kids.

Good luck! If you have half the good fortune I have enjoyed, you'll love it!

Best, Kindredyogi