This time our topic of the week is Teaching Assistants / Learning Support Assistants and behaviour management.
This week Paul talks about the role of Teaching Assistants / Learning Support Assistants in classroom behaviour management. His main focus is the importance of creating a real teaching partnership between the adults in the room. It’s great to have another person in the room to talk to on an adult level.
TAs/LSAs are often under-appreciated and underpaid and yet they can provide an essential link between the school and the community. They do some very difficult things with great care, determination and love for the children.
Paul stresses the importance of avoiding having the teacher at the front of the classroom and the TA at the back ‘dealing with issues’. It’s so important to avoid the old hierarchical dominance by the teacher and rather let the children be guided by the two adults who have a voice int he room.
Some simple ways of promoting this kind of partnership are:
- Introduce the TA/LSA by name in every lesson and don’t refer to them as ‘assistant’
- Ensure the teacher and TA/LSA have dual responsibility over giving rewards and sanctions
- Sit down together and work out exactly how you are going to work together
- Develop a shared public voice – talk together in front of the students and bounce ideas off one another…
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