In a typical classroom, an EA will circulate from group to group or work one on one with a student. An EA is not expected to teach the whole class at once as that is the role of the classroom teacher. During class time, the EA is helping to ensure that students are meeting behavioural expectations (class rules for example) and are on task. The term ‘on task’ means that students are doing what they are supposed to be doing – normally learning something, completing an activity or task set by the teacher.
Some experienced EAs may operate their own program with a group of students (such as a literacy program) and be more independent than most EAs (almost like a teacher). Some EAs will be assigned a child with special needs and may take more responsibility for that child in terms of curriculum and behaviour. EAs undertake a wide range of jobs particularly when a need or gap has been identified.
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