Teacher Assistants

Description

Perform duties that are instructional in nature or deliver direct services to students or parents. Serve in a position for which a teacher has ultimate responsibility for the design and implementation of educational programs and services.

Tasks

  • Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.
  • Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.
  • Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.
  • Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
  • Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.
  • Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.
  • Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Distribute teaching materials such as textbooks, workbooks, papers, and pencils to students.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their eye levels and perceptual skills.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Type, file, and duplicate materials.
  • Laminate teaching materials to increase their durability under repeated use.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
  • Carry out therapeutic regimens such as behavior modification and personal development programs, under the supervision of special education instructors, psychologists, or speech-language pathologists.
  • Assist in bus loading and unloading.
  • Maintain computers in classrooms and laboratories and assist students with hardware and software use.
  • Distribute tests and homework assignments and collect them when they are completed.
  • Grade homework and tests, and compute and record results, using answer sheets or electronic marking devices.
  • Take class attendance and maintain attendance records.
  • Prepare lesson outlines and plans in assigned subject areas and submit outlines to teachers for review.
  • Participate in teacher-parent conferences regarding students' progress or problems.
  • Conduct demonstrations to teach such skills as sports, dancing, and handicrafts.
  • Plan, prepare, and develop various teaching aids such as bibliographies, charts, and graphs.
  • Requisition and stock teaching materials and supplies.
  • Operate and maintain audio-visual equipment.
  • Collect money from students for school-related projects.
  • Assist librarians in school libraries.
  • Monitor classroom viewing of live or recorded courses transmitted by communication satellites.

Knowledge

Personnel and Human Resources
Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Mechanical
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

Equipment Maintenance
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Repairing
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Abilities

Manual Dexterity
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
Control Precision
The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Response Orientation
The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Wrist-Finger Speed
The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Reaction Time
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
Rate Control
The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.

Work Activities

Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

Interests

Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Social Orientation
Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

At Risk Paraprofessional
Basic Skills Improvement Program Instructional Aide (BSIP Instructional Aide)
Classroom Aide
Classroom Teacher
Clerical Aide Teacher
Clerical Grader
Computer Aide
Computer Assistant
Computer Lab Assistant
Crisis Intervention Specialist
Early Childhood Teacher Assistant (EC Teacher Assistant)
ED Educational Aide (Emotionally Disturbed Educational Aide)
Education Paraprofessional
Educational Aid
Educational Assistant
Educational Assistant Teacher
Educational Resources Center Instructional Paraprofessional (ERC Instructional Paraprofessional)
Educational Technician
English Language Learner Tutor (ELL Tutor)
ESL Instructional Assistant (English as a Second Language Instructional Assistant)
ESL Tutor (English as a Second Language Tutor)
ESOL Teacher Assistant (English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher Assistant)
Examination Grader
Examination Proctor
Examination Scorer
Exceptional Children Teacher Assistant
Exceptional Student Education Aide (ESE Aide)
Extended Resource Developmentally Delayed Assistant (Extended Resource DD Assistant)
Grader
Grading Clerk
Helper Teacher
In School Suspension Aide (ISS Aide)
In School Suspension Coordinator (ISS Coordinator)
Inclusion Paraeducator
Instructional Aide
Instructional Assistant
Itinerant Teacher Assistant
Kindergartners Helper
Learning Support Aide
Paper Grader
Para Educator
Para Professional
Paraeducator
Paraprofessional
Paraprofessional Aide
Paraprofessional Aide Teacher
Practice or Student Teacher
Proctor
Program Assistant
Public Health Training Assistant (PHTA)
Reading Aide
SLD Educational Aide (Specific Learning Disability Educational Aide)
Special Education Aide
Special Education Associate
Special Education Instructional Assistant
Special Education Paraeducator
Special Education Paraprofessional
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teaching Assistant
Special Population Paraprofessional
Study Hall Supervisor
Substitute Teacher
Supervisory Aide
Teacher
Teacher Aide
Teacher Assistant
Teacher Associate
Teacher's Aide
Teachers Assistant
Teaching Aide
Teaching Assistant
Test Grader
TMD Teacher Assistant (Trainable Mentally Disabled Teacher Assistant)
Tutor
Visual Aid Expert

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$0.0 hourly, $23,640 annual.
Employment (2008):
1,185,700 employees