Top 5 Tips for New Teaching Assistants

A teaching assistant role is an opportunity to gain some classroom experience before perhaps moving on to start a PGCE or further teaching qualifications. It is also a great way to work in an educational role if you haven’t been to university!

If you’re about to embark on your first teaching assistant vacancy, or you have recently started in a new school and could use some advice, check our Red Box’s top 5 tips for new teaching assistants.

Our London teacher recruiters are on hand to source job vacancies and offer even more advice should you need it. Check out our top tips below, or get in touch today to find out more.

1. Be Proactive

One of the best first things you can do as a new teaching assistant is to be proactive and learn your class’ names. Being able to address pupils by the name can help establish rapport, attention and respect from the class.

Another way to show your proactiveness is to lend the teacher a hand if they are dealing with a certain issue. If you are able to minimise other disruptions in the class whilst they deal with another issue, they will appreciate it greatly.

2. Be Flexible

Part of the joy of becoming a teaching assistant is the opportunity to display your adaptability skills. You may find yourself working with a number of different teachers and classes that have different abilities and needs.

As their teaching assistant, you will need to show you are able to be flexible and adapt quickly to complement the varying teaching styles of the teachers you work with, but also to the needs of the pupils.

3. Be Prepared

Before working within a new class, you should find out as much as you can. You can try and speak to their class teacher prior to working with them about the class’s behaviour, academic level, motivations, ensuring you are aware of everything you need to be aware of in order to make sure you provide the best level of support to suit that particular class.

Communication is key, so make sure you talk to your teacher regularly to make sure you truly understand what they require from you as a teaching assistant. Catch-ups each day after school will allow you to ensure you are fully prepared for the next day.

4. Stay Calm

 It is no secret that working in teaching can sometimes be stressful. If you find yourself working within a class that has particularly bad behaviour, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly as a teaching assistant.

Taking deep breaths and focusing on the positives rather than the negatives will display your authority to the students which will help the situation defuse a lot faster than if the classroom is full of panic.

5. Show Your Passion!

It is important for both the pupils and yourself that you display enthusiasm for your role and the tasks you have been given.

The class is intuitive and will pick up on your energy – if you believe a certain task is pointless, the students are likely to pick up on that and believe that too. However, if you are enthusiastic and aim to make the task as engaging as possible, they will respond better.

Showing your passion is always a good idea, particularly if you hope to be considered for future teaching roles within the school that you’d like to apply for.

Find Your Next Teaching Assistant Position in London Today

To start browsing a variety of teaching assistant vacancies in London, contact Red Box teacher recruitment agency today for help with finding your next role. Call 01932 247000, or use our online contact form to leave a message for our attentive London teaching recruiters.

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