Teacher Assistant checklist

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  1. teachall

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    Hi! This is my first time writing in. I am in need of some help with my teaching assistant. I moved to a brand new school this year in a different county and I have a teaching assisstant for the first time. At the beginning of the year I was very excited about having help in the classroom. However, the assistant that is working with me was previously in a middle school special ed. class. I don't think the teacher had her do much but work one-on-one with students. I have tried to tell her things I need her to do and I even gave her a detailed schedule of her day with tasks I need her to complete. She at times tries to do what I ask and other times she sit and read and painted her nails. Someone suggested I try a daily checklist. I was wondering if anyone had tried this and has a form that I can see to get a better idea of this.
    Thanks for your help:p
    Sandra
     
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  3. rebelgirl

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    hey!

    I am a teachers assistant. I can't believe yours acts like that.

    this is my 1st year in a school system. I do have a teaching cert (but for grades 7 - 12). I am assisting in the 1st grade.

    My teacher gives me my own plan book with my groups info in it every week. Most of my teaching is just re-enforcing what she is instructing. During math, I help some of the slower kids or help a particular child one on one.

    I have afterschool duties too. I have papers to file, copies to make and pencils to sharpen. I also have to fill water bottles, put chairs on the desks and put the garbage in the hall.

    My teacher told me what was expected of me the 1st day I started. She is very nice and just said this was how her room was run and this set up works for her.

    I would just talk with her again. If I was painting my nails in class, I would probably not have a job.

    jackie
     
  4. cutNglue

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    I agree on the painting nails. WHAT??! That's a para that treats it as just a job. I will say (and I may be a minority) if a teacher asks my opinion, asks me "if I mind doing xyz", shares her thoughts and plans, and basically treats me as a team..I bend over backwards. If I feel ordered (and no real investment of my own), I tend to do only the minimum. It's not on purpose, but rather a motivation issue. The nail thing though tells me that may not work with this para because her heart may not be in the right place to begin with. Next time though (as an experiment) gently go over and interrupt her and compliment the color and then suddenly ask "Do you mind doing me a favor? (sound apologetic) I need xyz copied (don't stop and wait for the answer yet). That would be a big help. Thanks." It's hard to turn that down. LOL. With little kiddies, positive reinforcement works wonders. Call me perverse...I wanna know how it works on the less motivated adults.

    My favorite teacher asked ME what I liked to do. I still did the whole enchilada, but she gave me more chores on my preferred list. I know we work for teachers, but it is always nice when teachers respect us as individuals with our own strengths and weaknesses too. BTW, I love being an aide. I love my team.
     
  5. love2teach

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    I think a daily check list would be time consuming for you....

    During the first week I tell my TA daily things that need to be done (folders, homework etc...) and then I just leave out anything elese that needs to be done with a sticky (please cut out, please glue, file etc...) She also knows that I am usually good about having things a day or two in advance so if the day is crazy and she helps w the kids more than she helps w paper work it is okay....
     
  6. teachall

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    Thanks for your support and suggestions. I will try asking her how she would like to be involved in our class. I will let you know how things work out.
    Sandra
     
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    Curious

    I'm just curious how all of this turned out. Anyone else have problems with their TA's? How did you solve it?
     
  8. teachall

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    Things really have not changed. They changed her lunch duty 2 weeks ago, which keeps her out of the room more. This is okay with me, it means I have less time to watch her do nothing. Last week I asked her to watch the class while I went to short meeting. She asked if she was allowed to watch the class by herself. I was stunned, I don't think she wants to do anything. I remembered that earlier in the year they had pulled her to watch a 3rd grade class for an sst meeting and I told her that they would not have asked her to do that if she was not allowed. Just very frustrating, but I am trying not to let it bother me anymore. You really cannot change someone who does not want to work. I do however communicate with my proncipal regularly and I document everything.
    Thanks for asking.
     
  9. amedinaoh

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    That is really horrible! How are the other TA's at your school? Can you talk to the other TA's and ask them to talk to your TA about duties she should be doing, etc. (under the premise of "helping" her learn the ropes?) I have a TA (this is my first year teaching) who comes in late and leaves early but my complaints are very minor compared to this!
     
  10. cutNglue

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    LOL..the TA across the hall has the same complaint about her teacher (arrives late, leaves early).
     
  11. teachall

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    I have asked a couple TA's to talk to her about what they do. However, there are at least 3 in the school that do only what they want. Other TA's have noticed that she does near nothing when she has lunch and breakfast duty, also. She arrives late at least 3 out of 5 day and practically runs out of the door when she can. Yesterday, I was trying to get my test paper and progress reports together to go home and it was time to go pick up the children from PE. She told me she was going to the bathroom and I asked when she was finished to pick up the kids so I could finish. She says okay. Walks out and returns a minute later to tell me she can't go get them. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    This is horrible! I was a TA for 4 years and the teachers (2 different ones during that time) always made me feel more like I worked with them rather than "for" them. I guess I was in a lucky situation, but those 4 years prepared me for where I am today....my second year as a full-time teacher. It seems as though your TA does not care about her job. Even if she doesn't want to be a teacher eventually, it would be nice if she cared about what she is doing now. The lists always worked for me. Actually, I preferred it...that way I always had something to keep me busy.
     
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    I was wondering, what was on your list. Besides check homework, get homework ready, what else was expected of you? :confused:
     
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    If you have a TA that doesn't really want to do the job anyways, it might be helpful to get a copy of her job duties and construct the list from there. This way she can't pull the "it's not my job" part on you. Some TA (even the good ones) prefer to be doing strictly TA duties and not a drop over the bucket. Others prefer to work more as a team and maybe even almost like a mini 2nd teacher. Listening to what you are saying, the list may not make much a difference anyways. It is kinda hard to motivate people who don't want to be motivated. In that case, the boss is the best motivator. It is good to go ahead and establish good strong clear expectations first so when the Boss does get involved (if he/she does), then you can say it wasn't because of miscommunication (which will be the first culprit in the blame game). I know in the end you really just want her to cooperate and help, not to spread the blame. Sometimes that can't be helped, but I am glad you are making a good strong effort to do what you can to improve the situation. What a headache.

    My point is this: We can suggest a list of duties, but your best list will be her contract.
     
  15. teachall

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    Thank you for your suggestions. I will look over her job duties and see what I can come up with.
     
  16. Proud2BATeacher

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    After you make your list of duties/expectations for her, email it to her and cc. it to the adminstration. During situations like this, I like asking a member of the adminstration to review it first, so when I have to talk to a person I can mention that the administration approved it.

    When you give her a list of things to do and check off what was or wasn't done and any situations that prevented her from doing it. Use this as documentation. I would share this with the administration. You should not have to put up with this.

    My admin. got rid of my parapro after 2 month. She just moved next door but I love it. I was literally sick to my stomach for about 3 weeks knowing that I will have to work with her. Right now I can't stand her and even hate it when she walks through my room to get to hers in the morning or to leave after school. She sometimes uses my computer (without permission) and I am sooooo close to just telling her to stay out of my room and if she couldn't be productive in my room when she was assigned to it then what makes her think she can freely use my things --- but of course I won't ... I am afraid that if I am mean to her that God would punish me and she will have to come back to my room :rolleyes: .

    Some people are so nice but my opinion changes when I have to work with them and they turn out to be more work than my students.
     

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