Instructional Assistant Overview

What does an Instructional Assistant do?

Instructional assistants provide support to teachers, instructors, and faculty members in an educational setting. They assist with various tasks and functions, including implementing instructional programs, assessing student performance, leading discussions, and other functions as requested by the teacher or instructor. They prepare and organize lessons in educational programs under the instructor’s guidance, and the instructional assistant will prepare all materials for the lesson, including handouts, worksheets, and exams.

Instructional assistants work under the instructor’s direct supervision in various educational institutions, including private and public schools, child care facilities, and other applicable settings. They perform clerical tasks including taking and recording attendance or drafting and sending out progress reports, answering emails and phone calls from families, and maintaining supply inventory for the room. They perform exams for students to assess their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. They usually grade exams and document all grades, and students progress accurately. Instructional assistants need a bachelor's degree in education or related fields.

What responsibilities are common for Instructional Assistant jobs?
  • Assist ESL teacher or ESL coordinator in all areas of work.
  • Help with and/or monitor student's completion of classroom assignments.
  • Monitor, observe and report students' behavior according to approved policies and procedures.
  • Assist or lend support to licensed teachers, or under the direction of other staff in a supervisory role.
  • Perform student supervision tasks of limited variety and moderate complexity.
  • Provide a structured format which helps students investigate their inappropriate behavior(s).
  • Assist in preparation of other behavioral reports and daily activities log as required.
  • Make some independent judgments within prescribed policies and procedures.
  • Maintain records of support provided to schools, schedules, and data.
  • Contact parents of students who are absent and make home visits as necessary.
  • Perform routine clerical duties in support of classroom activities.
  • Participate in meetings and in-service training programs as assigned.
  • Assist staff in implementing lesson plans or programs to meet the learning needs of a particular group of children.
  • Keep accurate records and utilizes district logs for all students served.
  • Observe classroom instruction for the purpose of providing feedback and to ensure the development of math-specific instructional practices.
  • Implement instructional strategies that promote skill development and student independence.
  • Prepare and organize materials to support teaching and learning.
  • Assist licensed teacher in preparing for assignments including but not limited to. correction of papers, copying, decorating classroom, preparation of supplies.
  • There is occasional light to medium carrying of supplies and equipment.
What are the typical qualifications for Instructional Assistant jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science.
  • A leader, critical thinker, and excellent communicator.
  • Collaboration and time management skills alongside adaptability and continuous improvement.
  • Can conduct lectures and labs with confidence and assist students in need.
  • Is a professional at all times.
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Instructional Assistant Salaries near Singapore

Average Base Pay

$4,210 /month
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Instructional Assistant Career Path

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Instructional Assistant

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Lubbock Independent School DistrictLubbock Independent School District
Educational Assistant
14 Sept 2021

“The pay isn’t great but getting to work and make a difference in children’s lives is great”

Buena Park School DistrictBuena Park School District
Instructional Assistant
7 Nov 2022

“workers (classified and certificated) were amazing and I am still friends with many.”

Hubbard Day
Instructional Assistant
19 Jul 2022

“Working at Hubbard was a great way to connect with my passion for working with the special needs community.”

Inspire (Nottingham)Inspire (Nottingham)
Teaching and Learning Assistant
22 Mar 2022

“Can be disorganised and pay is not great”

Le Bon Marché Rive GaucheLe Bon Marché Rive Gauche
Education Assistant
14 Jul 2023

“Good hours and salary.”

School District 43 - CoquitlamSchool District 43 - Coquitlam
Education Assistant
30 Jul 2023

“This is my 2022 wage and I am in the HIGHEST paying district in BC.”

Salem Keizer School DistrictSalem Keizer School District
Instructional Assistant
20 May 2022

“I really enjoy working here and having all school breaks off is nice”

Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School DistrictOak Creek-Franklin Joint School District
Educational Assistant
1 Aug 2021

“I would not recommend this for someone unless you just want to make a little money part”

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