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Working with Educational Assistants and Volunteers

Safe to say that even the most experienced teachers could benefit from an extra set of helping hand to help them navigate through their lesson in their classroom. This is especially true when you look at the continually growing class sizes in schools located in urban areas. When you mix a large number of student all showcasing different personality types and learning styles with some students with special needs or exceptionalities. It can present any teacher with a variety of challenges they need to maneuver through. So how does a teacher teach a class in a way where every students individual and collective needs are met? Depending on the class this is where educational assistants and volunteers can come in handy. Most provinces do not have a very specific job description regarding the job of an EA other than to educationally assist where needed. Often times, EA are hired or assigned to a particular student, students or class to give individual attention to a student with specifi

Preparing for a Substitute: 6 Ways to Help Minimize and Manage Classroom Mischief While You Are Away

We have all heard the stories of a classroom full of students acting up for the substitute teacher. The moment where a substitute teacher takes over the class for the day is such a classically iconic moment, that it shows up in blockbuster films as well as best selling children's books. I know what you might be thinking- If entire children's books such as the Berenstain Bears Substitute Teachers can be written to depict children acting out in a variety of ways for substitute teachers, then there must be some truth behind the concept. While spending time in the field as a pre-service teacher, I learned fairly quickly that students do behave significantly differently while their regular teacher is out of the classroom. On several occasions throughout my practicum I was placed in the position of working along side different substitute teachers, or taking complete control of the class while their regular teacher was away. So how does a regular teacher prepare their classroo

Dealing with Parents: Your Guide to Effective Parent-Teacher Relationships

Before being a pre-service teacher in the field, I thought dealing with adults was easy. This was however until I realized many adults of all ages do not only double as my peers, but as a parent of a student - a student I could one day come into contact with in my classroom. This student could either thrive in my class or struggle, or have a dream they desire to reach - with or without parental support. Either way, in today's society, there is the growing trend that both the parent and the student now face the demanding pressure to ensure excellent grades are achieved. With students coming from a variety of backgrounds, whether it is a newly mixed family, or a single parent home, teachers face the never ending obstacle of building success for all students in their classroom. But how can this be done without proper formal or informal communication with parents? That is one of the many loaded questions for teachers and parents in today's society. If you come up with the ultima