A Teacher’s Aide works under the supervision of a classroom teacher to support the teacher’s efforts and provide additional attention and instruction to the students. They carry out non-teaching duties such as care and supervision of children, preparation of learning areas and grading papers based on the teacher’s guidelines.
The Teacher’s Aide facilitates and participates in learning activities, enforces classroom rules and monitors student conduct. They organise and maintain the classroom and resources, assisting with the integration of new technology; helping to set up computers, projectors and video monitors for example.
Another major role of a Teacher’s Aide is to assist with students’ comprehension, particularly those with learning, behavioural or physical difficulties. Helping to meet the needs of ‘mainstreamed’ special education students may require the Teacher’s Aide to make modifications to lessons, such as reading tests out loud or sitting with students outside of class to allow for more time to finish exercises and assessments.