Elementary Instructional Assistant
Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy is looking for instructional assistants who can help create innovative lesson plans and enhance the learning environment for our students. The ideal candidate for this position enjoys working with children, understands how they learn and is dedicated to creating an innovative and nurturing learning atmosphere for every student. If you have previous experience working in an educational setting and are interested in joining our growing team, we encourage you to apply. Experience in Montessori methodology is highly desired, but not required.
Job Description The primary role of an instructional assistant (IA) is to assist the teacher in all facets of daily classroom management. This can vary between teachers, schools and districts, but most instructional assistants can expect to divide their time between working with students, providing behavioral support and completing administrative tasks assigned by the teacher. An IA acts as a co-teacher to the lead classroom teacher. Ultimately, it is the lead teacher’s responsibility to ensure that students learn, make progress on their individualized education program goals and are safe and productive in school. Still, the IA is an integral part of the educational team because he or she provides the support a teacher needs to maximize instructional time and support student learning.
A Day in the Life of an Instructional Assistant At Ignite Entrepreneurship Academy, our instructional assistants work on 5-hour daily schedule, from 9 am-2 pm. Though routines vary, the following is a good example of the day-to-day schedule of an instructional assistant: First Hour: Assist students in transitioning from circle time/goal setting to morning work cycle; Complete any administrative tasks the teacher assigns. Hours two-four: Conduct a learning group with three to five students using a lesson designed and provided by the teacher. Supervise students during independent learning time and provide one-on-one support as necessary. Hour four-five:: Assist in supervisory responsibilities outside the classroom during lunchtime and recess. Monitor students while they interact with peers during unstructured time.Provide supervision and support to Kindergartens as they transition from AM to PM sessions. Hour five: Assist the teacher with end of core academic block activities. Complete any additional administrative tasks the teacher assigns.
Duties/Responsibilities Instructional assistants typically do the following: Reinforce lessons presented by teachers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups Enforce school and class rules to help teach students proper behavior Help teachers with record-keeping, such as tracking attendance and calculating grades Help teachers prepare for lessons by getting materials ready or setting up equipment, such as computers Help supervise students in class, between classes, during lunch and recess, and on field trips Provide feedback to teacher to monitor students’ progress. Meet regularly with teacher to discuss lesson plans and student development. Provide support, at the direction of the teacher, with student goal-setting and assessments.