1. Describe how you might contribute to a lesson given to a group of seven year old children learning to play percussion instruments? An effective classroom has many factors to ensure that children have the best quality teaching available to them. As well as maximising their learning, it is equally important for them to feel safe and positive, which then leads to minimal behaviour problems. A teaching assistant has a very important role in assisting the teacher to achieve these goals.
During the teachers’ teaching part of the lesson I would ensure that the children were all listening and concentrating on what was being taught by observing the children. After I have been told to hand out the instruments, I would ensure that they were shared out equally and emphasise the importance of taking turns if they were sharing. I would check that they were not fiddling about with them. I would make sure that all the children knew the name of instruments they were all learning to play.
However, one of the most important contributions to a class is encouragement and being positive, and I would do my best to encourage each of the pupil’s into trying out different instruments (under the teachers directions) so that they were building up their self-esteem and confidence; it’s an opportunity to learn a new skill.
In addition to this I think it would be important for myself to get involved with playing one of the instruments and to model how to use it correctly as children” copy “ what they see. Then they will know how to play an instrument the correct and safe way. I, in turn, would then get a better connection with the children during that lesson, it would also send out a positive message to the class as it would show that we could all join in for a fun, but still effective lesson together which would not only give us a lesson to look forward too but also give us a better understanding of what type of learning methods we can use for other lessons, for example, the teaching assistant showing an example of what the teacher wants the pupils to do.
As a teaching assistant it is important that I contribute in helping the teacher to get the best out of her/his lesson which includes checking that the children are all included and minimising behaviour problems supervising them at all times. 2. What might your role be in organising, using and maintaining the learning resources, material and equipment for this percussion lesson? My role to help maximise the learning experience for the children and to make sure that the lesson runs efficiently is to ensure that the classroom is organized before the lesson starts ready for the teacher. The best way to do that is to look at the lesson plan and talk to the teacher, if necessary, beforehand and use my organisational skills. When organising the learning environment I would set it out so that the quality and quantity of the learning materials matches what has been specified by the teacher. When preparing the materials I could also do some research on percussion instruments which could be done using either the internet, looking through library books or recording educational music programmes. By using the internet and books we are then able to create hand outs for the class, and other worksheets as all part in maximising the learning. It would be important to make the Learning materials interesting for the children so it would be more effective and varied for them. Pictures and definitions would also be a good aid to the learning materials.
Once all the administrative preparation has been completed and ready for the class, I would then start on preparing the equipment, however, as this a percussion lesson, It is important to ensure that the equipment is safe to use. Health and safety would play a big part, I and the teacher would have to make sure that the equipment and learning materials were being used within the manufactures recommendations and the guidelines stated in the...
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