Working under the guidance of a classroom teacher or other educator, an Education Support Worker aids efforts to provide additional instruction and assistance to students. They perform non-teaching tasks such as supervising children, preparing learning areas and grading papers.
Education Support Workers facilitate and engage in learning activities, help with enforcing classroom guidelines and monitor student behaviour. They manage the classroom supplies and resources and assist with integrating new technology; setting up projectors, computers and other audiovisual equipment.
One other important responsibility of an Education Support Worker is to aid in improving students’ comprehension, particularly those with behavioural, learning or physical difficulties. Meeting the needs of special education students often calls for the Education Support Worker to make modifications and adjustments to lessons, such as reading questions aloud or spending extra time with students outside of class to help them finish assessments and exercises.