Example Personal Statement For Teaching Assistant Job
Sample Teaching Personal Statement
I have been lucky enough to have been taught by some truly inspirational teachers and am well aware of the effect they have had on my life and the choices I have made subsequently. My own passion for working with young children extends from my desire to emulate these role models and perform the same inspirational function in the lives of my students.
I have always enjoyed being around young children and have supplemented my interests in primary teaching with as much work experience as possible. As a Voluntary Teaching Assistant, I have worked with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils, preparing activities and lessons and helping the teacher to implement them, showing me that preparation, planning and communication are essential skills within teaching. By fostering good relationships with staff, pupils and parents it is possible to provide a holistic educational experience that compliments the child’s extra-curricular life as much as possible. Through following the advice of my mentors in this role, I have become adept at building these relationships, and can successfully guide children through the day’s activities, at school or on related day trips. I have also found that a shorter work placement at Prospect House Day Nursery has allowed me to gain experience of the challenges and rewards of working with young children. As well as hands-on experience of dealing with the practical and emotional issues involved, such as attending to their physical wellbeing and comforting them when upset, I also used this role to gain experience of early education using a range of play-centred techniques and resources. Both of these roles demonstrated the importance of the teacher/caregiver role in both the child’s life and education and emphasised the huge responsibility, and the hard work needed to meet that responsibility.
I have also demonstrated my ability to perform well in related subjects and am currently undertaking a BTEC in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Implementing what I have learnt through work experience has allowed me a greater understanding of educational theory and the way in which furthering my knowledge through undergraduate study could improve my abilities. As a keen student of foreign languages, particularly Spanish, I am also passionate about teaching languages to students at the earliest possible age. Languages open the door to exciting opportunities in life and providing children with language skills at an age when they are most receptive to absorbing information will allow them to make the most of these in future. Privately studying Spanish at A-level not only demonstrates my drive, determination and time management skills, but also continually inspires me to do what I can to improve language education by specializing in Modern Foreign Languages.
Studying and working in education has shown me that it is a challenging and rewarding career, but I believe my track record of dedication and hard work in both elements suggests that I can meet its demands. My commitment to providing a first rate education for my future pupils has seen me strive to gain as many additionally useful skills as possible, be they language, ICT or first aid-related. It is this that has driven me to pursue my ambitions in the field, and that will continue to do so through university and into my career beyond.
We hope this sample Teaching personal statement has given you some ideas to help write your own teaching personal statement.
Teaching assistants support classroom teachers to provide information and additional resources for struggling students. Assistants might follow lesson plans for tutoring or remediation provided by the classroom teacher, or they might be expected to develop their own routines when working with specific students. Drafting a standout personal statement that illustrates previous experience, education, and commitment to student success provides context for your resume and offers the opportunity for a compelling pitch.
Educators sometimes work as part-time teaching assistants while completing teaching credential programs en route to becoming full-time teachers. Although personal statements can include future educational and career goals, don’t portray work as a teaching assistant as a mere pit stop, since this indicates a lack of interest or investment. Instead, focus on the aspects of the job that genuinely appeal to your mission as an educator. For example, you might write “Working as a teaching assistant has allowed me to finely hone my ability to lead one-on-one and small group remediation lessons, which I know will empower my instruction throughout my career as an educator.”
Personal statements are meant to be personal, so use this opportunity to draw upon your life experiences to draw compelling connections to teaching. If you come from a big family or are a parent, highlighting your natural love of children can be an effective draw. Perhaps you struggled in school as an elementary school student and feel a special compassion for children under your tutelage who are also struggling. Or, growing up in a low-income neighborhood might have affirmed the value of education for you, driving your motivation to help others.
The field of education has very specific terms, and your teaching assistant personal statement should reflect confidence and accuracy when using them. Don’t let jargon overwhelm your personal narrative. If you truly have a passion or talent for differentiation and formative assessment, spend time linking your belief in these strategies with your own successes as an educator. For example, you might state “Although differentiation takes extra time for planning and implementation, I quickly found that it transformed my small group pedagogy and witnessed tremendous gains with my students.”
The content of your personal statement should shine, but presentation is also important. Teaching assistants are expected to be detail-oriented and professional, and an impeccably presented personal statement helps affirm those qualities. The University of Kent Employment Service recommends that teaching assistant personal statements be formatted in a traditional, professional font. Avoid cutesy, kid-friendly text -- even if you’re applying to work at an elementary school. If you will be emailing your personal statement, scan through the electronic document for any trailing word processing formatting marks and delete them.
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