There was a time when the teaching assistant was just a teacher's helper. Now so much more is expected from this professional role. Suzanne O'Connell finds out about emerging best practice and the advice schools are being given.
You want to make the most of your time and your teaching assistant's time. The best point made here, in my opinion, is that assistants should be used to add value to what the teacher is doing rather than replacing the teacher's role. It's a balancing act but reading and remembering the specific roles and what you each bring to the table will help tremendously.
This article has plenty of ideas about how to create a positive working relationship with your T.A. My favorite part of this piece is the simple chart the author made to outline where and how certain responsibilities fall in the class. Like any relationship, division of labor can be a contentious point. It's a good idea to have you and your assistant be on the same page about expectations.
This partnership can be difficult if the assistant is more familiar with the class or school than you are. The roles can become muddled and your confidence may be shaken. Communication is key to perfecting your partnership. Odds are you both have similar goals so find out how to work together and provide your assistant with what they need to thrive as well.
Navigating your role in this relationship can be tricky. This article clearly lays out the different aspects of working with a teaching assistant and how to make the most of the valuable resource they are.