This requires a college course, and leads to extended duties which may include taking lessons during a teacher’s absence.
If you’re looking for a job to do while your children are growing up - and you’re passionate about learning and helping children to achieve their potential - being a TA could be the job for you.
A teaching assistant (TA) works alongside a class teacher in either a primary or a secondary school.
He or she might work one-to-one with individual pupils or with a small group.
And, ideally, TAs need to have either had some experience of volunteering in a school (perhaps you’ve been helping pupils with their reading once a week) or have worked with children before (you might have helped run an activity for children in your neighbourhood).
Students in the class usually feel a purpose when the mystery of the “odd” child is cleared up and they know it is okay for them to greet our student each day and that they are empowered to assist in their development by expecting a response and so forth.
Gail, Educational Assistant, BC Guide on the Side: The Role of the Educational Assistant (256.33KB, PDF) This piece by Dr.
TA work is flexible (full and part-time posts are available) and it’s term time only.
Plus, unlike teachers, teaching assistants don’t have to arrive early or stay on after the bell rings at the end of the day.