This report is based on my role as a teacher assistant and how I in my duty support the ethos, vision and mission statement of my school with particular regards to a specific whole-school policy area. KPI 1 stresses on managing a child’s behaviour and relates it with the Behaviour Management Policy which I will further discuss in my essay.
1.1 Professional Background
I developed the interest to be a teacher in the early age of 12 when I observed my much-loved teacher conducting her lessons. Upon completion of my SPM (a Malaysian qualification equivalent to “O” Level), I took up A-Levels in Arts as guided by a few career counsellors to be the pathway of being a teacher. Then, I came across a great opportunity to enrol myself into a teacher training programme for a BA (Education) from a UK University where I was assigned as a teacher assistant in International School X, (the said international school and the university are not named for anonymity of the institution, students and staff). I am doing a module on professional issues which rationale states “......to develop knowledge and understanding of pupil behaviour and its potential impact on the learning environment within the school.” (Professional Issues: ECM,2011/2012).
1.2 Role and Responsibilities
I am assigned to assist the class teacher of PYP (Primary Year Programme) 1 for this term. It is a new experience for me as I have learned a lot throughout my stint in an International Baccalaureate (IB) class environment as previously I was assigned to be in a Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) class. As I am currently assisting a PYP class, I noticed that most of the students are smart but face difficulties in reading and writing well. As a teacher assistant, there are two main roles that I need to play, which are to provide support for the students and the teacher. As for the support for students, I help students by guiding them in their learning activities and observe their performance. According to KPI 5 – ‘assist in preparing and maintaining the learning environment’, I support the teacher by helping to prepare the learning environment.
1.3 The institution
School X is in Kuala Lumpur and it is the home of the first authorised IB school in Malaysia. School X is the only institution in Malaysia to offer the full IB Programme from Primary Years right up to the Diploma Level. School X offers two programmes which are Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and International Baccalaureate (IB). The CIE programme ranges from prep school, junior school up to high school. The school is fully equipped with facilities such as multi-purpose hall, dance room, art room, science labs, ICT lab, library, canteen, basketball court and free Wi-Fi access which is very much in need for learning.
1.4 The learners
I have been allocated in PYP 1, in which the age of the students range from age 4 to 6 and originate from countries such as...