Task 1 – Review your role, responsibilities, and boundaries as a teacher
A teacher is someone whose role it is to further another person’s knowledge, skills or experience through practical or theoretical sessions either in a one-to-one or group situation. This is usually through planned, formal sessions that have been developed with the training cycle in mind. The training cycle consists of five stages:
This is as the name suggests, a cycle, so it is a continuous process and should be continually evolving. Many people have proposed different theories of learning, such as Kolb’s (1984) Experiental theory whereby people continually learn by reflecting on their ...view middle of the document...
Visual learners like to read and like pictures, Aural learners enjoy talking about things and listening, and, Kinaesthetic learners like physically trying the activities and using their hands. It is important to keep the learning so that it stimulates as many senses as possible – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste; Laird (1985) suggested that learning is much more effective if multiple senses are stimulated.
Another responsibility is to assess whether a student has any particular learning needs that you may need to consider to enable them to fully participate with the teaching session.
Having identified the needs of the students, you will then need to prepare the lesson plan, and the responsibility here is to ensure that all identified needs, aims and objectives are met by the session, whilst being aware of the boundaries which again, are time and resources and also the learning abilities that you are going to teach.
Whilst delivering the course, you have a responsibility to engage all students, regardless of their learning styles and to ‘think on your feet’ regarding any need to adapt the session to facilitate learning for all students. If you fail to take into account the different learning styles, you risk some of the students not learning as they may not engage or else ‘switch-off’. The boundaries are being aware of your own limitations and needing to comply wthl all relevant legislation.
Assessment is the next stage in the training cycle, and this can be done informally during the teaching session by asking questions to prompt feedback from the students, but also by watching the students’ facial expressions and body language to identify those that are engaging with you and those that may have failed to follow or even worse ‘switched off’. You can also assess what learners have learnt by getting them to answer some questions at the end which can then be marked. This isn’t always going to be possible due to time constraints, and verbal questions will not assess everyone’s learning every time.
Evaluation of both the course and yourself is very important as this completes the cycle when done properly as it is the opportunity to re-evaluate the content of the course and influence preparation for the future. Reflective practice is an important responsibility of any professional and is usually a part...