Date
22 May 2019

Leading and coordinating learning and support for all students

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Supporting and preparing teachers in their role’

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Provide direction to TAs

Provide direction to TAs

Teachers provide TAs with information about lesson content.

Outline their role, who they are working with, the data to be collected, and the expected learning outcomes.

A teacher explains a learning task to a teacher aide

Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Reduce student isolation or dependency

Reduce student isolation or dependency

Avoid approaches where teacher aides are assigned to specific pupils for long periods.

Encourage teachers to adopt approaches to ensure all students receive equal time working with the teacher, the teacher aide, their peers, and independently.

Consider how to give teacher aides a more visible and active role in teaching during whole-class delivery by, for example, inviting them to record answers on a whiteboard, or to demonstrate equipment.

Source: Adapted from Making best use of teaching assistants: Guidance report (opens in a new tab/window)

Optimise the physical layout to support belonging

Optimise the physical layout to support belonging

Use classroom layout and TA support to encourage students’ learning and peer interaction.

Model effective approaches

Model effective approaches

Encourage teachers to take time to model approaches and give clear direction to teacher aides.

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Teachers and teachers' aides working together: Module 3 – Supporting students with complex needs

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Teachers and teachers' aides working together: Module 9 – Inclusive classrooms

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Support and prepare teachers in their role”:

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