Employers place a strong emphasis on essential skills in the workplace. Essential skills are used in nearly every occupation, and are seen as ¿building blocks¿ because people build on them to learn all other skills.
Each profile contains a list of example tasks that illustrate how each of the 9 essential skill is generally performed by the majority of workers in an occupation. The estimated complexity levels for each task, between 1 (basic) and 5 (advanced), may vary based on the requirements of the workplace.
This unit group includes workers who assist elementary and secondary school teachers and counsellors. They are employed in public and private elementary and secondary schools.
- Deal with students who are chronically late for school. They gather information on the reasons for the tardiness and try to find solutions. (1)
- May determine how to involve parents in their children's education, without creating conflict. (2)
- Find ways to incorporate different learning styles into the curriculum. (2)
- Deal with behavioural problems or learning problems by determining the cause and finding ways to help the student. (3)
- Make decisions about how to reinforce and practice lessons. (1)
- Decide what types of support material to use as teaching aids. (1)
- Decide when to talk to their supervisors about problems. (1)
- Decide when to change activities to adapt them to a student's abilities. (2)
- Decide how to discipline students and whether an incident should be reported to school administrators or parents. (2)
- May decide what action to take when a fight or argument occurs between students. (2)
- Decide how to adapt the classroom material to help students with special needs. (3)
Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.
Job Task Planning and Organizing
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants plan their days within the framework of the activities planned by the teachers. Their priorities and work plan often change during the day, however, depending on the needs and demands of students.
Significant Use of Memory
- Memorize the names of students in the various classes where they are assisting.
- Remember special instructions from teachers and supervisors about specific classes or students.
- Remember variances in the curriculum for different types of classes.
- remember procedures for assisting special needs children.
- Learn about students through their school records. (2)
- May consult with the teacher or school psychiatrist to get information needed to assist particular children. (2)
- Get information to supplement curriculum materials by talking to teachers or other teaching assistants. (2)
- Find information to plan field trips, such as possible destinations, transportation schedules, activities and accommodations. The information is found in school libraries or obtained from maps, from co-workers and by phone calls to service providers. (2)
Other Essential Skills:
Working with Others
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants work independently in the classroom with students but are part of a team working to teach and assist the children. They may work directly with a teacher as the teacher's helper.
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants have an ongoing need to learn. New subject material is learned as needed. New strategies to meet educational needs and manage behavioural problems are learned through experience working with students and from teachers and colleagues. Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants occasionally attend conferences sponsored by school boards and may take first aid courses and crisis intervention training.