If you’re considering a career in education as a teaching assistant, you may be wondering what benefits being a TA are and what type of job progression is available once you become a classroom teaching assistant.
Becoming a TA (teaching assistant) is a big commitment but despite the sometimes-chaotic environment, a teaching assistant role can be one of the most rewarding careers available! You’ll get to become part of the student’s lives and watch them learn and develop as the school year progresses.
Sound like a role that you would be perfect for? Find out more about why you should become a teaching assistant!
A TA is the glue that holds a classroom together! They provide valuable support to the class teacher and encourage and the students as they study.
Here are some other fantastic reasons to consider a career as a teaching assistant!
If you are someone that struggles with having the same day-to-day routine, then switching to a career in education will be a refreshing change for you! Variety is the spice of life and every day is different when you are a TA. Some days you may be creating artwork with the students to decorate the classroom, and other days you’ll be helping a child with their maths coursework. Boredom won’t be an issue for you in this line of work!
Find out what a day in the life of a teaching assistant really looks like!
Working as a teaching assistant will enable you to use your unique skills and talents to the benefit of the whole class. Maybe you’re someone that’s naturally gifted at arts and crafts, or you may be a maths whiz, whatever your talents, you’ll be able to use these to help the students you are supporting in their studies.
Imagine reading a book with a student and they read a tough word perfectly for the first time, or finally crack a maths problem with minimal help from you. You’ll be right there to witness that breakthrough moment, and the gold star they’ll be waving around when they explode back into their homes later on will be thanks to you!
As a TA you’ll enjoy those wonderful long school holidays that you remember from being at school yourself! You can enjoy as much as 12 weeks holiday a year – so it’s time to grab that passport and go on an adventure! You’ll also have much shorter days at work which is perfect if you have your own little ones to look after. You’ll be able to fit your working time around your family time and you’ll also be able to get your little ones to give you a helping hand while you create any classroom artwork that’s needed! (And of course, you’ll be able to share the fun activities of the week with them at home too!)
Being a teaching assistant is fun! You’ll get to enjoy the fun activities that go on during the day like art class, cookery, drama and reading, without the added pressures and responsibilities of being the classroom teacher. If you hate the monotony of the usual 9-5 job then you’ll love the variety of the classroom environment! As a TA you’ll also become a bit of a celebrity around town! Remember when you were younger, and you spotted your teacher around town and you just had to say hello? Well, now that’s going to be you!
Many people begin their teaching careers as a teaching assistant and it’s easy to see why! The experiences you’ll gain in the classroom are invaluable and you’ll be able to use them to further your career as a qualified teacher. In fact, some universities will even grant recognition of prior learning for documented teaching assistant experience! (Bonus!)
Last but not least, the most obvious perk of being a TA is getting to work with the students! Being part of their lives on a daily basis comes with many rewards. Regardless of the age of the students you are supporting, watching them achieve their goals is a wonderful feeling and the work you do in the classroom will have a long-lasting effect that will help to influence the students lives in a positive way in the future too!
Whether you have plans of becoming a qualified teacher or you simply love working with young people, the role of a TA is one of the most rewarding careers out there. It’s definitely a career that will keep you on your toes and peak your creativity, not to mention the feeling of satisfaction you’ll have as you head home from a productive day at home teaching the younger generation the skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives!
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