My work life as a Teaching Assistant (TA)

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog and today’s blog will be on my work life as a Teaching Assistant (TA) going from volunteering at the school to working there full time including the tasks that I did working in a classroom environment and going through the change from working in year 2 into reception and how it impacted me later on within the year.

I started working as a Teaching Assistant (TA) when I was 18 years old as a volunteer at a primary school, working in year 2 on a daily basis. It was hard at first, but I got the hang of it during the time I was there. But during my voluntary experience, there was some miscommunication that I had with one of the teachers and the teaching assistants in year 2 and one of the teaching assistants was pretty much out of order and started to get angry towards me because I didn’t use the resources that were provided to me and I got upset and was even in tears all because of her angry tongue lashing to me ?.

All because of the fact that I was helping with the kids with the work and I didn’t use the resources that was provided even though I had it in my hand which I completely forgotten about it and and both the teacher and teaching assistant think I don’t have what it takes to become a teaching assistant and thought that the work was too hard for me as well as the fact that thought I was irresponsible as an 18-year-old that’s discrimination straightaway and yet they still have gone with the fact that I wasn’t capable to do the job and they also thought that I was too immature to help around with the children ?.

What made it even worse from the situation is that the main teacher of the classroom told me to come in twice a week instead of five days a week and decided not to discipline the teaching assistant who lashed her anger out towards me and gave me a tongue lashing and just because that teaching assistant who worked for the school doesn’t mean that she can get away with murder, unfortunately she got away with it and even though she apologise for what she did to me, I still ended up getting the punishment from the teacher which is completely biased and discriminating towards me ?. On a positive note, it gave me some time and a chance to do my GCSE resit in English (see my continued teen life in college blog post) and I even had time to have a good night sleep as well ?.

However the downside on having to volunteer two days a week is that I’m missing out on the action and I’m losing some of the experience on working full time as a teaching assistant in year 2 ? and what made it even more worse was that the deputy headmistress thought of an idea on making me go backwards instead of forwards by taking me to reception and helping up the children in that year group, it’s such a shame that she doesn’t see that I can do a lot more than just helping out little children and the fact that I have some potential on working in a school environment, because I already had some experience on volunteering with children in a higher year group like year 6 from my voluntary experience when I finished my GCSE exams ?.

As the deputy head mistress walks me to the reception classroom, she introduced me to one of the teachers in reception and he was a nice guy. He explained to me on how reception works and he even introduced me to the rest of the classroom, which the children were really sweet, but yet hard to handle. However the best thing about this was that I gained some experience on working with a younger age group.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my work life as a Teaching Assistant (TA) blog. Please stay tuned for the next post which is my continued work life as a Teaching Assistant (TA) and don’t forget to leave a comment below on my blog post and spread the word out about my blog too. ???

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