Just wondering if you can help me in studing to be a teacher's
aide; at the moment and i'm stuck on a question. What are
some of the qualities and skills you think are essential for a teacher's
aide to be a good ESL teacher's aide? If you have any
answers for me i would be grateful.
There are MANY questions and answers in
my Web Sites about teaching assistants or aides. I think it is
wonderful that you have decided to become a teaching aide or teacher's
aide for ESL. Here is my answer to your reply!!!!!
The most important quality is your
understanding that the MAIN responsibility for student learning rests
with the TEACHER, not with you. So the teacher and you need to have
sometime every day, BEFORE school begins, to plan what will happen
during each lesson of the day as you work WITH that teacher in promoting
Many teachers are ill-equipped to help
and work in the BEST and MOST EFFECTIVE way with teacher aides. They do
not understand that aides are to be involved in the follow-up part of the
lesson AFTER the teacher has instructed the whole class during the actual
body of the lesson.
For example, while the teacher works with
one group, the aide prepares another group for the lesson, or the aide
follows-up on the lesson with a different group AFTER the teacher's
During the teacher's lesson to the entire
class, the teacher aide can be moving about the class making sure students
are following the teacher's instructions and correctly following the steps
that the teacher may require of the students.
If you do not work together in the same
classroom and at the same time as the teacher (if you "pull-out" students to
work separately with them in another classroom), then you MUST always PLAN
with the teacher what you are to be doing. Your job is to help students
master, with additional practice or support, what the teacher has taught.
Also, if you are really lucky to work with
a GREAT teacher, you can learn GREAT TEACHING skills by observing how the
teacher conducts the lessons and manages the classroom environment.
I know that the FIRST time you do something
it may look or appear difficult and complicated. But the more you
communicate with the teacher and the more questions you ask about what you
need to be doing and how, the more successful you will be.
I also hope that you receive training
through the school or school district you work for. It is the
responsibility of the school to train its teacher assistants and the school
or district should provide you with help to do your BEST.
Meantime, read many of the answers to
teacher aides' question in my Web Sites. Best of luck!!!!
For more in-depth information, classroom demonstrations, and
"coaching" of new and/or experienced teachers, Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK
- Training VIDEOS on the following topic:
1. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary
2. Cross Cultural Diversity - Multicultural Strategies
3. Effective Instruction for English Learners (L.E.P. students) Parts 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Promoting Academic Success in Language Minority Students
5. Cognitive - Academic Language and Vocabulary Development
6. Oral Language / Literacy Skills / Higher Order Thinking Skills
7. 50/50 Dual Language Programs: design, planning and implementation
8. The Structure of English / The Structure of Spanish
9. Transition: Introduction to English Reading
- Training programs relating to E.S.L. instruction:
Web Site Programs for Teachers: Numbers 1, 5,
7, 8, and 9.
Web Site Programs for Paraprofessionals:
Web Site Programs for New Teachers:
Enhanced Cultural Sensitivity - The Challenge of Students Diversity
Identifying / Responding to Students' Language Needs
Phonemic Awareness: Teaching English phonics to L.E.P. students
Relationship Between Reading, Writing and Spelling
Improving Reading Performance -- Building Oral Language Skills)
- Question-&-Answer Technical Assistance Service:
Write and e-mail any additional questions you
may have, and Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will establish with you, your school or district a
Technical Assistance Service Contract. Dr. CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK will answer all your
questions promptly and to your satisfaction.
For information and credentials please click on the link below or
CARMEN SANCHEZ SADEK, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant, Program Evaluator
National Board for Professional Teaching
Standards, Certification (12/2006)
3113 Malcolm Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90034-3406
Phone and Fax: (310) 474-5605