Teacher Assistant

Dive into an academic area and/or explore what it is like to be a teacher.


  • Essential Question: Varies with the student and the subject, but most often they connect to someone curious to learn more in the subject area and/or curious to learn what it is like to be a teacher.
  • Area of study: Career Exporation
  • Type and amount of credit earned: 1/2 elective credit
  • Community partner: Varied


Competencies for this ELO are variable depending on how much the student might expand within a given subject area. However, the student has usually already taken the course, so most often the competencies are similar to these:

  • Time management – Conduct tasks for teachers and students.
  • Reliability/Responsibility – Commit to attending the class daily and be available.
  • Communication – Use effective communication with course participants and teacher.
  • Exploration – Experience and reflect on what it is like to be in the ‘gray area’ between teacher and students.

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student activities

  1. Map out learning plan using ELO template.
  2. Assist the teacher with any related support tasks.
  3. Conduct research and preparation to teach a lesson(s) to the students.
  4. Maintain reflective digital journal during the course of the ELO.
  5. Produce Google Slides and present to ELO Coordinator and school personnel including the teacher of record.


Student met with ELO Coordinator and Certified School Personnel on an as-needed basis. Teachers of record interacted with ELO student daily. Rubrics were supplied for research, reflection, product and presentation.

More information

Credit for this ELO is on a pass/fail or credit/no credit basis. No grades.

I have also included a blank template I use with students for their ELO learning plans. It looks like a worksheet, but I don’t handle it that way. Instead, I tell students that I wish I could give it to them on a dry erase board, that this thing is organic and changeable. I have three purposes with the template:

  1. To actually have a plan for the ELO.
  2. As a filter, because if  a student won’t answer a few questions, they aren’t going to do the independent work of the ELO.
  3. Mostly, I look at it as a conversation starter, an organic scribble board to dream about what you want to learn.

This ELO was submitted by Amy Yeakel, Director of Extended Learning, Newfound Regional High School. Email teacher for more information

June 2022