Teaching or Educational Assistants
So, why do people think they assume that TAs are 'wanna be' teachers who don't have the initiative or desire to become teachers? It takes a special person to work with students who need so much support, and whose progress isn't measured on a steeply vertical line.
In our region, TAs do not have access to the IEP (Individual Education Plan), so the teacher better be very clear in her or his communication as to what the student's goals are, and how to achieve them, and what needs to be changed if the goals are not being met. Often, a lot of individual programming requires lots of visuals, (laminated and velcroed) and they need to be organized so that they are immediately available. It takes a long time, and I know I haven't always had them ready in a timely manner. Yet, our TAs at the school pitch in and find something that works in the meantime.
So, I hope I have done my best to show clear communication, appreciation for the insights and observations that our TAs have, and honest-to-goodness thankfulness for the extra support that our TAs give our students. I am so overjoyed when parents send a note to the TA to express their appreciation for the care of their children. Because, they deserve every token of appreciation, and every penny they earn!