ROLES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND BOUNDARIES AS A TEACHER
A teacher can adopt many roles which can vary from one learning environment to another. Teachers are responsible for their studentâ€™s progression in their studies and for their wellbeing.
Mitchell 2006 states that
A good teacher needs to be many things. They must be able to keep time excellently; they need compassion, dedication, a genuine love of and a thorough knowledge of their subject. Teachers need these qualities and they must also be an effective communicator, responsive, innovative, creative and inclusive in their approach.
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I deliver a number of courses that are between 3 â€“ 6 hours long. At the start of each course I ask the learners if they have any prior training in the subject being taught. I am then able to adapt the course to a level to suit all learners. Many of the courses I deliver are required by legislation (HSE), regulatory bodies (Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults required by CQC), or are necessary for skills development and safety. This will often mean that many of my students learning needs have already been identified by their employer. Occasionally I may have to deliver courses to workers who do not have English as a first language and I need to employ the services of an interpreter.
All teachers need to have the ability to plan their sessions effectively. They need to be creative and incorporate activities and techniques that will aid the student. The teacher must be flexible and be able to change an activity quickly if learning is not moving forward. A teacher must have the skills for making the material being taught stimulating and interesting. Kolb (1974) suggests that learning is a mixture of doing, thinking and application.
Teachers also need to be competent in identifying, evaluating and assessing the needs and different styles of their students. Knowing learning styles can help a teacher in planning sessions effectively. A teacher also has a role as an assessor, responsible for assessing whether a student is competent in the subject area.
Another role and responsibility of the teacher is that of facilitator to encourage a student centred approach to learning. This will establish and maintain a positive mutual working relationship.
A teacher needs to be an...