I want them to see my typos, my clumsy sentences, my disorganized arguments not yet formed.
This research focuses on the ways in which teaching assistants are deployed to support learning in secondary schools and investigates the effect of the different deployment approaches used.
The case study involved six teachers, seven teaching assistants and fourteen learners from three state comprehensive schools, located in one local authority. These included the more typical model where teaching assistants were deployed to support individuals, pairs or groups of learners within the classroom or to work in a different location with a small group of learners withdrawn from the class.
Also observed was a higher level teaching assistant team teaching with a teacher in the classroom and a ordinary level teaching assistant deployed in managing a learning support facility and working independently from the teacher.
The role is also considered in the light of the theories of Bandura, Malaguzzi, Black & William and James et al.
In the classroom this means that the learning is not only focused on what the teaching assistant does to support learners but also how learning is supported through the use of specific approaches.
As they read difficult texts, they are often too breezy with them.
I don’t think this is a matter of me mapping my own writerly problems onto their work.
Where my dissertation influences my teaching is not so much through its content but by the lessons I learned writing it.
I find that my students often have the same problems I did (and do).