A day in the life of a Teacher Aide
A Teacher Aide is an integral part of efficiently running the classroom. The role provides for an extremely rewarding career choice that has several benefits for both, the teachers and the students.
A Teacher Aide’s or a Teacher Assistant's position is a perfect job opportunity for those with a nurturing character who genuinely want to help make a difference to young minds and get them through some of their toughest years.
What exactly is a Teacher’s Aide?
A Teacher Aide is a valuable asset in the education of young people. You’ll provide a vast amount of help to the teacher both in the classroom and outside of class hours.
You will be invaluable in the education of students who need extra guidance in their learning and development.
What does a Teacher Aide do?
Teacher Aides are mainly responsible for providing a wide range of support for students who need assistance to participate in educational activities and achieve the desired learning outcomes.
If we can liken a classroom to a rugby team – and on bad days, it might even feel that way – the teacher masterminds the major plays for the whole team while you, as the teacher’s aide help individuals improve their passing, tackling or kicking.
Taking this back into a rather less violent context, there will be kids who thrive in history but might be weak in geography. Someone who could very well be a whiz at geography but be a bit behind in Math.
And no, you didn’t expect that. But if you’re planning to be a Teacher Aide, you should. Your day won’t be like their day, but the way you approach your day and how you deal with kids accustomed to bad days can make a massive difference.
Interested in this career path? Read our previous blog on How to Become a Teacher Aide: A Guide and Tips to learn more about this position.
Teacher Aides can be heroes
That’s the thing and, perhaps, the most magical thing about being a Teacher Aide. A teacher trying to get through a lesson before the bell rings is entirely focused on getting through the lesson. You’re not. As a Teacher Aide, you can focus on the kids. You can look around the class and see who’s equally focussed and who’s floundering.
This will give you the opportunity to be the mentor that makes all the difference in a child’s life; someone who sees and grasps a problem early and helps to fix it before it becomes the worst thing a child can have – a fixation.
You can help get kids with anything from basic behavioural problems and learning difficulties to ADHD back on track and make a telling difference in not just their immediate schooling lives, but their futures.
These situations will be a big part of your day-to-day life as a Teacher Aide. But there is obviously a lot more to it than that, be it emotionally, professionally and financially.
However, if what you’ve read here has stirred something important within you, kudos to you as you’re probably exactly what our kids need.