Teaching Assistant Skills Readiness

From our brilliant Auckland University of Technology teaching staff Changemakers.

The Problem

Barry thinks it is unacceptable for students and colleagues in universities to be disengaged. Unfortunately, at the start of the program, 79% of students reported not thinking about a lesson again, New Zealand had one of the lowest completion rates in the OECD and 1 in 3 students lived in a household with financial stress. Barry thinks it is essential for staff, particularly teaching assistants, to be engaged in a shared vision of teaching and he believes in a school where all students are fully engaged in learning.

Barry’s Solution

The key to Barry’s initiative was to empower teaching assistants to be effective in bringing the curriculum to life. Although results are not evident yet, Barry is hoping to have a massive impact – watch this space!

Barry sought input from students on how well teachers know them. He also sought engagement of lecturers at the Scholarship Forum for Practice Counsel Academics and he engaged with Cflat (Centre for Learning and Teaching) to ascertain any duplication and cooperation. He has formatted a plan to offer the first workshop on great teaching practices for his teaching colleagues in February 2019.

Barry’s Impact

As the workshop has not yet been offered no impact can yet be measured. Barry and his team will see the results in February 2019! But currently, as a result of the presentation to the Scholarship for Practice Counsel Academics, interest in this initiative has expanded.

Like the idea?

Barry would love your support for Teaching Assistant Skills Readiness, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and he’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where he can. Shoot an email to maddie@educationchangemakers.com if you want to get in touch with Barry and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer him on in the comments below as well.

#WhatChangeLooksLike #ECStories #EduChange

Developed in collaboration with our epic partner, 21c skills lab.

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