Gone are the days when a K-1 classroom has a full time teaching assistant. The Teaching Assistants at my school spend time in kindergarten and first grade for the Reading and Writing portion of the day. They also assist with small group instruction in grades 2- 5. So... if a school is lucky enough to have Teaching Assistants... you can be assured that they are not always sitting around "playing" in a kindergarten classroom. They are in fact out teaching students reading, writing, and arithmetic.
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