30 Hr Classroom Aid

May 24 2023
Waialae Elementary PCS |Honolulu|Contract, $15 - $19 / year
Job Description
Do you love education and working with children? Or do you want a job that will affect hundreds of lives in a creative and engaging learning environment If so, beginning a career as a teacher’s aide might be a great way to go. The role of a teacher’s aide is one that’s in high demand. Being a teacher’s aide is a challenging but worthy job that involves promoting the growth and development of children in an educational setting.
What does a teacher’s aide do?

A teacher’s aide assists teacher with all non-teaching duties both inside and outside the classroom, providing supervision and care for students of all ages. In-class responsibilities include guiding individual students in their studies, demonstrating and participating in recreational exercises, preparing lesson materials, and assisting in organising lessons, including behavioural monitoring, paperwork management, and attendance.

What skills do you need to become a teacher’s aide?

A teacher’s aide helps teach social skills to children and assist them with any difficulties they may face in their studies. A teacher’s aide has significant involvement in a classroom environment and moulds a child’s educational experience in their early schooling years. 

1. Have a formal qualification

While a qualification isn’t immediately required in this field, if you wish to advance your career as a teacher’s aide, you’ll eventually need a formal qualification in education.

2. Enjoy working with children

You must love working with children to be a successful teacher’s aide. That desire to work with kids must be accompanied by the following personal characteristics:

  • Friendly
  • Patience
  • Sensitive
  • Empathetic
  • Creative
  • Understanding
  • Responsive
  • Encouraging
  • Positive
  • Calm 
  • Committed
  • Comforting
  • Funny.

Of all these traits, patience is perhaps the most important. Children are easily distracted and prone to misbehaviour. A good teacher’s aide will understand the nature of children, the uniqueness of every child, and endeavour to show patience and care when working with them.

3. Have appropriate organisational and planning skills

To most effectively assist the headteacher, a teacher’s aide needs to have planning skills to help with instructional delivery and other duties. Specifically, excellent organisational skills are required for taking attendance, processing grades, and collecting and preparing tests.

4. Be an effective communicator

A professional teacher’s aide is expected to effectively communicate with students, teachers, parents, and other learning specialists as regular communication about a student’s progress and other student matters is necessary. They have to be able to articulate information so students can easily understand the directions, both in written and verbal forms. Listening skills are also equally important, and, above all, a teacher’s aide must be able to offer full learning support to students.

5. Be a team player

As a teacher’s aide, you’re part of a teaching team. Therefore, a teacher’s aide needs to support the teacher and participate in work sessions to advance student performance and educational delivery. Being a team player means being cooperative and willing to offer support to both teachers and students.

6. Be able to assist students with special needs

Many students have additional learning needs due to things like Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning and intellectual disabilities, communication and physical disabilities, or challenging social or psychological behaviors. A teacher’s aide must have both empathy and patience to work with each student, especially those who have learning and social challenges.

7. Possess technological skills

Many classrooms and learning platforms are digitally-oriented as students are using technology more in school, as are teachers and teacher’s aides. Knowledge of technology such as word processing, presentation, database, and web navigation,are abilities a teacher’s aide should have. Familiarity with laptops, tablets, USB drives, digital cameras, and digital video cameras are also helpful to aid in classroom instruction.