One of the observations I’ve made at my new job was that I am now able to sit-in at teacher‘s meetings and be able to talk about the students I am working with, and find ways to improve as a teacher with the other teachers. Since I am a teacher’s assistant, I first had the impression I would not have such access, or be equal to the other teachers in being able to sit in these meetings and discuss details about the students progress and any concerns related to the matter.
When I first encountered this I was surprised because at my last school job teacher assistants were not equal to teachers in being able to sit in these teacher meetings and discuss details about students or gain information on the student’s background and anything else that may be necessary to know.
I personally think that being a teacher or assistant one should be able to have as much information about one’s student as possible in order to gain more understanding on them so that they know how to work with them best. Information such as: where the student comes from, how they work, their relationship to their parents, etc is pretty important for teacher’s or assistants to know this or else the teacher and student relationship cannot be optimal.
So, to not get off topic, I now have the opportunity to sit in these teacher meetings and learn more about the individual students and how they work. Not only does this make me feel more connected with the team I’m working in, but I gain information about students that assist me in being able to find ways of working with them best. For example, gaining information from a teacher that student A is developmentally slower than the other children and so we together discuss activities that we can assist him with. Now since I know this student works at a slower pace and even comprehends information at a slower pace, I can now practice talking slower to him for example and being more patient with him. If I did not get this information I may have caused unnecessary friction and conflict between the both of us.
Being equal to a teacher at my new job is a complete turn over from my last job as an instructional aid where I was not allowed to sit in during teacher meetings to talk about the student I was working with. Since I worked one-on-one with a student of autism and spent the majority of my time with him at school, I believed I should have been able to attend the weekly teacher meetings, but because I was in a ”lower” position than the special-ed teacher, for some reason I was not allowed to attend these meetings. It really sucked cause being an instructional aide to a student, you are the number 1 supporter of that student — you must assist them with classwork and be their chaperone, and yet that number 1 person for the student is unable to attend teacher meetings to gain information and support on how best to work with them. Perhaps the reasons regarding having access to teacher meetings now is I work in a Montessori school as opposed to a public school, and I also work in Europe instead of the US.
What would be fantastic is if all teachers and staff working with students have these meetings where they discuss the child’s history and background in a supportive manner, giving each other tips and finding solutions on how to work with the child, so all adults are on the same page when it comes to this student and no one is left out.
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