Teacher aides provide teaching and clerical support for classroom teachers.
Teacher aides help children learn lesson material. Some aides work with groups of children, while others work with a single student. Aides may listen as students read or help them find information. Teacher aides provide extra attention to students who are having trouble in school.
Some teacher aides prepare lesson plans for subjects such as math or science. Many teacher aides grade homework and tests. Under the direction and guidance of teachers, aides may sometimes instruct children.
Teacher aides assist and supervise students in lunchrooms, on school grounds, and on field trips. In high schools, teacher aides supervise study halls, libraries, and computer labs.
Some teacher aides work with students who have disabilities or special needs. They may:
- Feed students
- Teach personal care skills to students
- Help students move between classrooms
- Give prescribed medicines to students
Aides help students who speak English as a second language. They may help students and families who have financial needs locate social services in the community. Aides help with student behavior problems and report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.
Teacher aides are usually required to take courses or training to keep their skills up to date.
Teacher aides provide clerical support by preparing class handouts and setting up audio-visual equipment for presentations. They make sure equipment is working properly. Other clerical duties include:
- Keeping attendance and health records
- Typing tests
- Stocking supplies
- Managing classroom equipment
- Organizing parent-teacher meetings