Teacher's Aide Job Description
Under the direction of the Teacher
Provides educational instruction for students.
Provides input into planning the student’s Individual Program Plan. Participates, as required, as a member of the student’s learning team in periodic meetings with the students, parents/guardians to review goals and develop revisions. Collects data to support student growth and IPP development.
Maintains an effective professional working relationship within the student’s learning team by providing suggestions to the Teacher based on experience and knowledge of the students, with respect to ways to help the students reach their goals, including recognition of the support a student needs to reach their unique goals.
Communicates with parents and the student’s learning team members, to provide information of interest and receive information that may impact the child’s progress.
Facilitates and encourages the development of the student’s self-esteem and independence through established programs and techniques deemed appropriate for the individual student.
Encourages students to develop and maintain positive interaction.
As required, provides personal care including toileting, diapering, feeding, dressing, grooming, etc. ensuring that student dignity is maintained. Attends to physical needs including lifting, positioning and range of motion programs as identified by the appropriate personnel.
Ensures the safety of students in the school and community, which includes maintaining close supervision of students, ensuring student equipment is sanitized and put away, retrieving students who attempt to leave their learning environment; calming and/or restraining students engaged in challenging behaviours; supervising and assisting students who utilize a variety of life skills tools (i.e. scissors, cooking utensils, etc).
Maintains confidentiality, and a patient, supportive and enthusiastic commitment to students.
Works with students in a variety of settings in the school and community, including assisting in the supervision of students at breaks or on field trips as required.
Assists with and sanitizing educational tools and clean up in the classroom resulting from spills and other accidents.
Performs other related duties as required.
Completion of a recognized post-secondary certificate or recognized vocational certificate in child care/development
The completion of at least one full year (ten courses) of course work towards an undergraduate degree in education is also acceptable
Other equivalent combinations of directly related education and directly related experience may also be considered
Current Standard First Aid and CPR certificates (is an asset)
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies
Reliability and dependability
Personal integrity and trustworthiness
Success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
Ability to work effectively as an active team member in cooperation with other school personnel, parents/guardians, therapists, instructional resource personnel, and students
Ability to establish trust and rapport with students
Comfort and competency working with personal computers and other technologies to support student learning
Commitment to lifelong learning and willingness to regularly enhance skills and knowledge for professional development
Ability to respect and value all individuals with sensitivity to diversity
Ability to manage situations of conflict, frustration and unpleasantness effectively
Ability to respond appropriately to challenging behaviours of students
Good organizational skills, time management skills and pacing skills to support student scheduling
Strong oral and listening communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills combined with tact and diplomacy skills
Ability to make straightforward decisions and apply straightforward reasoning in problem-solving
Ability to multi-task and work effectively in situations with frequent distractions and interruptions
Ability to be alert and respond to situations of risk
NOTE: This position requires lifting and carrying demands that require the ability to bend at the waist, stoop, and twist frequently, the ability to lift between 10 to 50 lbs, the ability to carry, push and pull between 10 to 50 lbs, and the ability to stand, walk and sit frequently. The incumbent may be subject to challenging behaviours of students.