From Sara Alston, co-author of The Inclusive Classroom, comes a new book supporting primary teachers to work more effectively with their teaching assistants to promote children's learning.
Specifically focused for early career teachers, this book provides valuable support for managing this vital but potentially challenging relationship.
Working Effectively With Your Teaching Assistant supports teachers in maintaining classroom relationships, including working with the expert or inexperienced TA. It explains:
- different TA roles, including the role of the classroom TA or learning support assistant, the special needs assistant and 1:1 TA
- different forms of intervention, including pre- and over-learning and the importance of ensuring that all children access quality first teaching
- how to work collaboratively, including ways of sharing planning and feedback, differentiation strategies, promoting independence and how to support each other beyond the classroom.
Featuring quotes from TAs about their classroom experience and what would help them, plus solutions for when things don't go to plan, this book will help primary teachers to have a significant impact on learning, while saving themselves time and reducing stress.