Teachers Assistant job

@sedel1027 (17854)
United States
October 29, 2007 10:28am CST
Has anyone does this before? My sons school is looking for people with associates or have passed the PRAXIS (Which I assume is a teaching certification). What kind of work does this usually entail? How much do jobs like these typically pay? Do they pay over the summer like a teaching job would?
2 responses
@maximax8 (29148)
• United Kingdom
29 Oct 07
I am a primary school teacher. I sometimes have a teaching assistant working in my classroom. Her job is to help the children learn. She will listen to children read either individually or in a small group. She will sit in lesson time helping a group of children, this is often those with special educational needs. She sometimes helps with art and craft activities. Once I had a teaching assistant that was wonderful with display work. I notice that teaching assistants get pay slip at the same time as the teachers. I imagine they are a paid a yearly salary that is paid every month. So it will pay during the school holidays. Many teaching assistants work part time, like mornings only for example. The pay is quite low but the work is varied so it is interesting and seeing the children learn is rewarding.
@sedel1027 (17854)
• United States
30 Oct 07
Thanks for your reply. I am going to call the school tomorrow and try to find out more information. I am looking for a job that pays close to what I am making now but will give me days off when my son is off. It is tiring to have to find a daycare that will only take him for school holidays. Thankfully my parents live near by and are retired and love watching him. There is no way I could afford to put him in the daycares that are only open during the holidays.
@Sailor (1161)
• United States
11 Nov 07
I haven't done this before, but between my father actively teaching for over 40 yrs. and actively sub-teaching now, and an ex gf who was a T.A. while working on her minor of bi-lingual education, I might be able to help, smile. The first thing is your duties will change from district to dist. or company to company. A lot depends on how many teachers they have for the class sizes and the work ethics of the teacher. In some areas you may simply be passing out class supplies, and helping some students with problems, at other schools you may have some of the same duties of a teacher depending how understaffed they are. Remember, the U.S. is so understaffed and underpaying its educators so much, that you no longer have to go to college to be a teacher. You can simply have a 4yr. degree and take an exam, I think at on point a company called "Teachers for America was doing this". You really have to talk to the school to see what they expect. as far as the money part, you will probably get paid more being a Night Group Youth supervisor for your local Probation Dept.