PREPARING TO TEACH IN THE LIFE LONG LEARNING SECTOR
QUESTION 1 WEEK1
Please write a 500 word essay on what you consider to be the roles and responsibilities of a teacher ?
Traditionally a teachers role has been as a “purveyor of information, the fount of knowledge, but now a modern teacher is a facilitator, a person who assists students to learn for themselves” (Quote - Teaching Training and Learning).
Students could all be at different stages of the learning process and as a teacher I need to be aware of the capabilities and limitations of students in my class. Individuals all learn in different ways and at different paces, not always at the pace of their teacher, therefore care needs to be taken to match their needs. Adults have a wealth of experience, unlike children and can plan their own learning ...view middle of the document...
Student individual learning plans (ILP) along with monitoring will identify any weakness and where extra help maybe required.
Qualities that are necessary for a good teacher are being “enthusiastic, warm and approachable “ and the “teaching attributes that are required are have clear aims and objectives, be a subject expert and be open to other views” (Quote – Teaching Training and Learning).
The way in which you deliver the information as a teacher will change as the course progresses. Some students will benefit from visual aids, others from various different forms of delivery. Experimenting in keeping the students stimulated and interested as the course progresses is vital for learning to take place; keeping the atmosphere calm and using questions and answers will help to determine that learning has taken place. Tutorial sessions, mentoring and one to one sessions also help to identify short falls in teaching and any personal problems not necessarily college/school related.
Knowing the make up of the class with regard to sexuality, race and culture will help deter any chance of offending anybody with a misplaced remark or gesture.
Teaching success is shown in exam pass rates but can also show weakness or problem areas. But, if ongoing assessments are pursued then problem areas can be highlighted and addressed before they affect the student and their ability to meet the requirements of the course.
A teachers roles and responsibilities are wide spread, covering a vast area ranging from tutor, social worker, mentor, guide etc. There are no defined limits to the role, with every passing week, month, year a new aspect is introduced to the role.
Reference books - Teaching Training and Learning a practical guide.
By Ian Reece and Stephen Walker
- Teaching Today a practical guide
By Geoff Petty