I'm not sure if I have mentioned that this fall, a local university placed a teacher assistant with me. My school has always gotten them from my alma mater (convenient since it's 3 blocks from our school!) but over the last year there have been less candidates and we haven't gotten as many students placed with us as we did previously. This other university reached out and ta-da.
The only weird thing is, their TA program only has students in the classroom for 7 hours per week. The following semester they student teach. That doesn't seem like much time to prepare to me (my TA program was 5 days per week for a half day each day). Well fortunately, my TA also needed a TESOL placement and since I am certified in K-12 ESL, they agreed to let her just stay with me for that also. YAY!
So Miss TA will be with me all day Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I couldn't be more delighted. She is very sweet and eager to learn. Plus, she will be student teaching at my school in 3rd grade with one of my colleagues (that's another weird thing, my university would never allow students to be in one building all year). I can't wait to help her grow in her teaching...and it'll be much easier to do that if she's with me more than 7 hours per week ;)