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Being a chemistry teacher's assistance often means that you learn just as much about the subject as the rest of the class. When you go home, you might not have the time that you used to have because you're helping grade papers. While you're in the classroom, you're making sure that the students aren't doing things that disrupt others or take time away from the teacher. At the end of the day, being a teacher's assistant can be a rewarding job if you find the right balance. Here is what you need to keep in mind:

Make Lists

One of the things that you can do to ease the load for yourself and the teacher is to make a list of the topics that need to be discussed. You can also make a list of ways that you can help the students in the class when the teacher is going over details that are sometimes hard to understand. If you are organized and take the time to understand what needs to be taught, then you'll be a better asset.

Take Part in Training

Ask the teacher to train you on the side instead of doing everything in the classroom. You'll get a better idea as to what is expected of you while learning about the subject. The teacher can show you how to operate the equipment as well, such as durable air laboratory mixers that you’d use to mix chemicals with or a microscope to observe different types of reactions. When you know how to use the equipment properly, then you can better assist the students so that they can learn as well. Take notes while the teacher is training you so that you can go back and look at the details if you have any questions.

Be Available

Your job as a teacher's assistant isn't to teach the class. It's to assist the teacher with the tasks that he can't complete or to help with tasks that are difficult to manage by one person. Answer questions when students have them, and communicate with students so that they know there is someone who understands the subject.

Of course, there may be times when the teacher might have you teach a class or direct a lab on a constant basis where you’ll take on a small teaching roll where you’ll basically be reiterating information back to the class. In such cases, do so willingly and have an open schedule at the start of every semester so that your professor can tell you when he or she will need you to be of assistance.

Be a Team with the Teacher

Don't sit idly by while the teacher is at the front of the room. Plan a few activities in case the teacher isn't there one day or in case the teacher needs a backup plan because of issues that arise in the school. Lead by example, and take part in everything that the teacher is doing, even if it's by walking around the classroom and showing students tricks and ideas for learning the material.

As a chemistry teacher's assistant, you need to be present in the classroom. Seek training from the teacher so that you can better help students. Learn new methods of teaching so that you stay updated on how to communicate and how to work with the teacher.
Posted By: Hannah Whittenly
Monday, July 31st 2017 at 11:50AM
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