Works under the supervision and direction of the Classroom Teacher to provide instructional support to students. Also, assists the Classroom Teacher in day to day classroom activities for all students including academic, behavioral, therapeutic components.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Sensitivity to cultural diversity of others.
2. Under the direction of the Teacher, provides instruction and instructional support to students.
3. Under the direction of the Teacher, independently carries out assigned, individualized instructional and therapeutic programs both within and outside the classroom setting. including: necessary lifting, moving, positioning; gross motor; fine motor; range
of motion, self care, communication; therapeutic feeding; cognitive; prevocational; ADL; adaptive PE; behavior management programs; data collection systems; reinforcement systems.
4. Assists in creating and maintaining a positive educational atmosphere including the health, medical and safety concerns of the students.
5. Respectfully interacts with students in age-appropriate manner, maintaining their right for privacy and confidentiality at all times. Assists the Teacher in ensuring that all classroom staff respectfully interacts with students, staff and visitors.
6. Participates in creating and maintaining a positive work environment.
7. Effectively and appropriately interacts and communicates with classroom and professional team members.
8. Upon completion of structured activities maintains an effective level of interaction with students during transition. Assists the Teacher in ensuring that classroom staff are actively engaged in an appropriate level of interaction with the students throughout
9. Handles and utilizes student equipment appropriately. Understands the purpose and function of student equipment and is able to use it appropriately in an independent manner.
10. Ensures the maintenance and care of classroom, equipment and materials.
11. Assists in the design and development of classroom projects and materials including daily preparations. Assists with the creation of instructional materials.
12. Ensures Classroom Teacher is aware of detailed, relevant information and observations concerning the students' needs, behavior, academic performance and overall running of the classroom.
13. Provides the Teacher with information about students that will assist the Teacher in the development of appropriate learning experiences.
14. Implements and directs classroom programs/activities with individual, small and large groups of students.
15. In the absence of the Teacher, supports the Substitute Teacher to ensure effective classroom programming, including: implementation of programs; direction of classroom staff; decisions regarding staff assignments and classroom schedules and activities;
report issues/information to the teacher, supervisor or other professional team members; completes daily/weekly records.
16. Participates in the training and direction of Paraprofessionals, Substitute Aides and \Classroom Volunteers under the guidance of the Teacher.
17. Communicates appropriately with parents and caregivers.
18. Carries out any other classroom related activities directed by the Teacher, Clinician, or designee.
19. Provides behavioral support for students as assigned, including implementing agency approved emergency physical interventions.
20. Other duties may be assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Required: NYS Teacher Assistant Certification or candidates who have passed the NYS Assessment of Teaching Assistant Test (NYSATAS) will be considered (you will need to show proof you have passed the exam and have limited time to become certified by NY State).
Preferred: Certification as listed above plus minimal of one year experience working with youth in educational or residential program.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. Ability to read and interpret documents written in English such as student programs, safety rules, operating and
maintenance instructions, memos, short correspondences, and procedure manuals. Ability to communicate information and ideas effectively through speaking and in writing using English such as routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively and
clearly in one on one situations, before groups of students, and/or employees of the agency. Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences in English, while giving full attention to what other people
are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and decimals. Ability to multiply and divide numbers, including by 5’s, 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. Ability to
tell time on an analog clock and determine elapsed time.
TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY
Ability to learn and implement agency technology and software, including but not limited to Microsoft® programs, iPad® applications, and Boardmaker®.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to apply common sense understanding and to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram,
or schedule form. Ability to monitor and assess performance of yourself to make improvements.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation. Must have the ability and temperament to work effectively with students who have multiple disabilities, including behavioral challenges as well as with diverse
staff with varying work styles.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to handle, feel, and grasp; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; run; sit; stoop; kneel; crouch; and crawl.
The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, including on one or both knees; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds repeatedly and have the strength to resist force for extended periods of time. The employee
must have the ability to quickly move into varying positions and sustain the position for a lengthy amount of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and
ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to: wet and/or humid conditions; bodily fluids and waste products; moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work
environment is usually moderate.
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