Becoming a Teaching Assistant
A Guide for Teaching Assistants and Those Working With Them
- Pat Drake - University of Sussex, UK
- Angela Jacklin - University of Sussex, UK
- Carol Robinson - University of Brighton, UK
- Jo Thorp - University of Sussex, UK
The authors introduce students to the requirements that their degree programs will make and explore issues such as behavior management and national curriculum strategies. This will help readers to engage with the material in a way that is appropriate to Higher Education study.
The book draws on the experiences of teaching assistants and is grounded in the day-to-day practices of professionals working with young people in schools. Theoretical concepts are explored as being crucial to developing learning support and teaching skills. The authors' aim is to help students understand essential theory, and to provide a practical support throughout their studies.
Becoming a Teaching Assistant recognizes the rapidly changing world of TAs. It highlights the importance of their role in teaching and learning whilst emphasising the need to nurture them as they embark upon more considered and structured professional development. It sets out to support all TAs, not just those who wish to use higher academic qualifications as a route into teaching.
A book founded in considerable experience… tackling the higher education experience itself: how to keep organized… advice is always valuable for people returning to learning at whatever level.
I thought the book was a valuable tool for Teaching Assistants attending any training either at FE or HE. I am doing an on-line degree myself. I started to read the book after my first assignment went in but once I started to read the book I really wished that I had read it a lot sooner. The way it gently builds the learner up to thinking about professional development, then applying for courses is exactly what is needed.
I also like the key areas the book homes in on when going through HE or FE, looking at time management not only form a work perspective but from the home environment too. The guidance on building confidence, developing study skills are essential to any learner who is new to this sort of environment. The progression the book takes you through developing your own reading and writing this is something every learner needs support with.
For any TA or learner looking at Professional Development as a Teaching Assistant this is a book that I would use and find very valuable.
This book is aimed at all TAs who are undertaking undergraduate-level programmes such as CPPLS, CAPPLS, CEP or a Foundation Degree. A TA on the CEP course states: …it's probably the best book on the subject I've read … it's full of useful tips.
The text is made extremely accessible by the inclusion of plenty of case study material and there's a nice combination of practical advice and illustrative text. A feature of the book is the tasks or activities that are suggested to the reader. It's likely that these are most likely to be used by training providers than individuals, but that would be a shame as there are many activities that would help to provide a structure for personal reflection and development.
The book is littered with real-life examples, it will be hard to think of a scenario that has not been described and expanded upon. There are numerous activities to help you recognise and challenge your existing way of working.
not appropraite for modules or degree students
Great for initial reading
This book should be read by all teachers being supported by TA's as it will ensure they are being used to their best advantage.