There are some roles and responsibilities that are common to all teachers
throughout the education system. However, some roles and responsibilities
evolve with time and circumstance. It is hard to know where the roles and
responsibilities of a teacher should stop and I feel it is
each teachers responsibility to know the boundaries. There exists a
misconception that the only skill required to be a teacher is the ability to
teach, but it goes far beyond this.
TEACHING ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As a teacher, my roles would include:-
I would carry out initial assessments with learners as well as assess learners’
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I would need to recognize the diversity of
my learners’ needs and aspirations, understand and apply the concept of
inclusive learning and encourage learner autonomy.
As a Tutor it would be my responsibility to prepare and deliver appropriate
sessions to meet the needs of the learners. I would also complete and
maintain accurate student records, attend meetings and follow professional
values and ethics, and act and speak in a professional manner.
As a Manager, it would be my responsibility to try to ensure there are as few
obstacles as possible in the way of the students’ learning. Sometimes
referred to as barriers to learning, these obstacles can be as obvious and easy
to solve as an over-heated classroom or as difficult to address as a student’s
lack of self-confidence.
To manage any disruptions to my class, i.e. a learner who arrives late, an
inquisitive learner who always wants to know more, or just someone asking
to leave the room to go to the toilet, I would handle these in a professional
manner in order to minimize any effect they may have on my teaching and
the group’s learning and safety. Some other issues to address are: ‘bored’ or
‘disruptive’ learners are given an alternative activity or a one-to-one chat,
keep learners interested and motivated in the subject and managing my
The roles of a teacher will usually follow the training cycle (refer to
Appendix 1). It’s called a cycle as you can start at any point, but you must
follow through all the other points for teaching and learning to be effective.
A possible teaching cycle would be as follows:-
1. Needs: The students needs can be that of artistic gain,
therapeutic, knowledge for a hobby, as a leisure activity,
as a point of interest or a stepping stone to go onto a
vocational course in a similar area. The range of abilities
may vary, from the complete novice to the intermediate
2. Aims: To provide information about the product. What
is it, where is it found, what is it used for, how can it be
used, etc. My roles here are that of trainer and manager.
3. Objectives: Each student will be able to…………………….
4. Content: Artistic skills and flair are helpful but not a must. A
positive attitude to learn and achieve the necessary
designs is a must. The actual material used for the study
would be handouts, overhead projector, plastic sheets,
scissors, selotape, design books and photographs. As my
responsibility, I would also have to take copyright issues
into consideration when providing my students with
5. Methods: Several class demonstrations...