In a typical work setting, teacher aides:
- Have a high level of social interaction. They work with students and teachers.
- Communicate by face-to-face discussions on a daily basis. They also write e-mail, letters, and memos, but less often.
- Sometimes deal with conflict situations in which children might be angry or rude.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of children in their care.
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- Often work as a part of a team of teachers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Mostly work indoors in classrooms, but sometimes work outdoors in schoolyards and on field trips.
- May be exposed to sounds and noise levels that might be loud or distracting.
- Are exposed to diseases and infections.
- Work very near others, often within inches.
- Must be accurate and be sure that the job is complete. Errors or oversights may delay student learning.
- Sometimes make decisions that affect children and teachers. They usually consult a teacher before deciding a course of action.
- Set some of their daily tasks and goals independently, but usually seek direction from a supervisor.
- May work full time or part time.
- Usually work nine months during the year and have summers off. May work in summer school.
- Work a set schedule.