Teacher Assistant - TO DO List




TA Assignment: Read all the information below on what is required of a teacher assistant, open a new Word document, then:

1.    List the duties of a TA:

o   List in most important to least – use your judgement.

o   List in point form

2.    List how you will be assessed.

3.    List what you hope to add to the course.

4.    Save, print out then submit to the folder for that class – should be done within the first 2 days of the course.





As a Teacher Assistant (TA):


·        Always look to the HELP list and find and help out students whenever possible.

o   If don’t know the answer call the teacher and then watch and learn, so you can answer the question next time.


·        Watch all lessons so that you can teach them to individual students.


·        Read the TA Duties and TA Assessment below to see how you will be marked and do those things regularly.


·        Look around for what you can do, don’t just wait to be asked.


·        Think of yourself more as a teacher in training than as a student – look to solve problems and improve the course.


·        Look at the course specific duties and when not helping students work on these areas.






Drafting Specific


·        Re-write tutorials for Level A

o   Look for any tutorials that have drawings from the textbook and revamp them so they are of similar difficulty and concepts but different dimensions.

o   Keep overall size similar so it will fit properly.

o   See teacher before beginning one.

o   Files on I: under Muir-Drafting/Drafting


·        Work with Inventor, Pro-Engineer, Revit, or other new software:

o   Write or re-write tutorials to be easier to follow and so we can include them on the website.

o   Whenever possible include actual common objects that will require measuring to create a drawing.





Animation Specific


·        Check Fx Tutorials:

o   That links all work.

o   Revamp any that need work.


·        Create tutorials:

o   Walk-cycle – colour legs different

o   UVW-Unwrap - Spaceship tutorial simplified

o   a 3DS Max character, object or level into a game…such as Halo

o   Bones use and better enveloping tutorial, scaling – FAQ

o   Adding stars via Video Post




TA Assessment  ß Click to Open







TA Duties to Do Each Class



very good



Read this each class!






·        Here every class.






·        Here on time.






·        Do not leave until the class is tidy.






·        Help students, as they need it.






·        Make positive suggestions to those students working on animation’s that could do with some changes.






·        Walk throughout class and pick up books, papers, and garbage and sort to the appropriate place.






·        Neatly sort binders, magazines and books on shelves.






·        Check on hardware (mouse pads, sagging wires, computer not working, front plates pushed in, etc.)






·        Note any students misbehaving, eating or other violations and report it to the teacher.






·        Take initiative and look to solve problems and note ways to improve the class setup; do not wait to be told.






·        If time to spare and a computer free, create or improve a tutorial on an animation concept – see TO DO list and also the teacher for priorities.






Final Mark - as per above marks



TA Assessment Overall






A to A+









Often has difficulties explaining concepts taught by the teacher. Loses patience with students. Does not listen to the concerns of students



Sometimes has difficulty explaining concepts taught by the teacher. Sometimes loses patience with the students and gives up trying to explain concepts. Sometimes does not listen to the concerns of students.



Rarely has difficulty explaining concepts taught by the teacher. Rarely loses patience with students and usually listens to their difficulties and concerns.


Explains concepts taught by teacher clearly and concisely. Listens carefully to concerns of students. Shows patience in repeating instruction until student understands.

Explains concepts taught by teacher clearly and precisely. Uses own examples and methods in attempting to help student understand. Listens carefully to the students, and persists in helping the students until the concepts are understood. Provides motivation for the student to learn.






Attendance, Punctuality, Initiative




Frequently late for class and unprepared to get to get right to work. Misses a lot of classes.



Enters class at the last minute and then waits to be told what to do by the teacher. Has missed a few classes.



Enters class on time and begins interacting with students. Rarely misses class and is rarely late for class.


Usually arrives early for class and rarely misses school. Interacts with students immediately upon arrival in class. Usually waits for instruction from teacher to begin specific tasks.

Always arrives early for class and interacts with students. Begins preparations without prompting. Takes the initiative to see what jobs must be done, and begins those tasks. If uncertain as to what is to be done on that day approaches teacher to ask what is to be done to get ready.






Interactions with students





Never approaches a student first.



Sometimes approaches an apparently needy student, but approaches them with hesitation.



Usually approaches students to see if they need help.


Usually helpful to many students during the course of a class. Usually keeps busy by helping individuals or by encouraging groups or the class as a whole.

Always helpful to many students during the course of a class. Always keeps busy providing help and encouragement to students. Students feel comfortable in approaching the peer tutor for help.





Energy and students



Rarely smiles and gives encouragement to students. Students are hesitant to approach peer tutor.


Helps students but often appears bored, uninterested and tired.


Helpful to students and teacher, but does not provide a lot of energy and enthusiasm.


Usually positive, helpful, energetic and enthusiastic. Is a good role model for students.

Always positive, helpful, energetic and enthusiastic. It is obvious that the peer tutor cares about the students. Is a great role model for students.









At the end of class, just leaves with the students.



At the end of class, waits for students to leave room first.


At the end of class, waits for students to leave the room, and then check for anything left behind.


Usually waits for students to leave first, checks the room and then asks the teacher for any instructions for the next day.

At the end of class, always waits for the students to leave first. Always asks the teacher if everything was ok that day and asks if anything needs to be done for the next day. Makes sure everything is put away before leaving.




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