What do they do?
Teacher aides work closely with teachers in schools. They help to supervise students and implement learning activities, providing additional assistance to students with additional requirements.
If you love children and the idea of teaching, you’d like to get hands-on in the classroom, and build connections with students that could help them achieve their potential at school, you could consider becoming a teacher’s aide.
- assists a teacher inside and outside the classroom
- supervision and care for students of all ages
- help to guide individual students in their studies
- demonstrate and participate in recreational exercises
- preparing and distributing lesson materials and equipment
- help organise and implement lesson plans
- do basic paperwork
- help students develop social skills and overcome difficulties (intellectual, physical, behavioural and academic)
- test children on behalf of teachers
- Enjoy working with children, have lots of patience and a calm personality
- Be engaging, approachable and understanding
- Good organisational and planning skills
- Effective communication skills, verbal and non-verbal
- Be attentive and encouraging
- Problem-solving, resolution, and conflict mediation skills
- Creative and able to multi-task
- A team player with good technological capabilities
It’s not always necessary to have any formal skills to become a teacher’s aide, but it is desirable.
You could obtain working with children clearance required in your state and begin volunteering at a school.
Completing a Certificate III or IV in Education Support is the most common pathway to becoming a teacher’s aide.
Traineeships may be available too.
Average salary $56,800 per year (Source: joboutlook.gov.au)
Job growth in this area is predicted to be very strong.