Teacher Aide (DPC #90401)
Grade Level: 11-12
Length of Course: One semester and is repeatable for a second semester with permission of the student’s counselor.
Type: Elective. Service class. According to Board Policy 505, a maximum of twenty (20) credits in service courses will be allowed for each student, with no more than ten (10) credits in any one service course.
Recommendation for Enrollment:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, and
- GPA of 3.0 in the subject area to be assigned as a Teacher Aide,
- Request and approval of the supervising teacher,
- There will be a limit of only one (1) Teacher Aide assignment per class.
- The Assistant Principal designated by the Principal will oversee Teacher Aide assignments and will assist in the screening of student applicants.
Brief Description of the Course
The primary purpose of the Teacher Aide Program is to allow interested students the opportunity to explore first-hand the various aspects of classroom teaching. As a result of working with and under the guidance of a certificated classroom teacher, the student will be able to sample the lesson-planning process, subject matter research, one-on-one and/or group tutoring, the grading process, and the use of classroom visual aids and equipment.
The major function of the student Teacher Aide is to be a non-pay assistant to the instructor through tutoring individually or in groups and assisting the student(s) for improved academic performance.
Supplementary Instructional Materials
Items listed below are commonly used as supplementary materials and are coordinated with the adopted course objectives:
- Course outline and syllabus
- Hands-on lesson planning experience with teacher guidance
- Guidelines to assist in the tutoring process (individual/group).
Brief Outline of Course Content
As a Teacher Aide, the student will assist in the following areas of classroom teaching:
- Lesson planning as outlined by the teacher.
- One-on-one tutoring/group tutoring.
- Understanding grading techniques/procedures.
- Observation of lesson presentation by teacher.
- Assistance in the use of visual aids, bulletin board construction, chalk/whiteboard work with teacher direction/guidance.
- Class procedures in the class assigned.
- Being a motivational influence upon students with whom he/she works/tutors.
- The opportunity to explore teaching as a career.
Behavioral Objectives for Teacher Aide
The skills assessed in the district's Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Math Computations proficiency tests will be taught and reinforced in a manner appropriate to the content of this course.
Teacher Aides will be responsible for:
- Maintaining regular classroom attendance.
- Reporting punctually to each class session.
- Attending Teacher Aide meetings as required.
- Modeling appropriate attitudes, behavior, and attendance for the class the student aids in.
- Demonstrating initiative and ability to be a "self-starter."
- Demonstrating effective instructional techniques with individual students and small groups.
- Demonstrating the ability to organize, analyze, and teach selected activities to groups.
- Demonstrate proficiency and continuing improvement in the following "workplace skills," as appropriate for the designated coursework.
- Basic Employability Skills
- good grooming
- good manners, politeness and courtesy
- pride in a job well done
- honesty and high ethical standards
- good work attendance
- completes tasks independently
- good speaking skills
- good listening skills
- good penmanship
- follows directions
- basic keyboarding skills
- computer literacy
- Employee Relations Skills
- able to work with teams of people
- cooperative attitude
- good interpersonal skills
- collaborates to problem-solve
- respects authority
- high cultural respect and sensitivity
- Job Success Skills
- problem-solving skills
- decision-making skills
- critical thinking skills
- higher order thinking skills
- able to plan and complete a project
- willing to engage in lifelong learning
- math skills through algebra
- good reading and writing skills
- good articulation skills
- good study skills
- meets increasingly higher expectations
- able to use technical tools correctly and safely
- able to change from task to task
- knows how to learn what one doesn’t know
- knows how to build upon what is known
- is a self-starter
The following is a list of techniques that may be used in assessing student progress and/or achievement:
- The student’s final grade will be determined by the teacher evaluation of the student’s performance in the Behavioral Objectives for this course.
- Students will keep a journal of activities, tasks, experiences as a Teacher Aide.
- Participation in class-assigned activities where needed.
- Participation in staff development/inservice training activities arranged for Teacher Aide.
- Teacher evaluation of completed assignments/projects/tasks related to Teacher Aide duties.
- Teacher rating of student’s participation, conduct, respect for confidentiality, and the use of behavior management techniques.