Review your role, responsibilities and boundaries as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle.
One of the main and traditional responsibilities of a teacher is to ensure that all the students gain any qualification or skill they have come to achieve. In order to achieve that, a number of steps must be taken.
In this cycle the learner is central and all revolves around him. Paramount are the needs of the learner. In order to achieve something the needs of the learner are to be assessed.
These may be
* What the learner HAS COME TO ACHIEVE
* Their expectations
* Any special needs e.g. if a learner has dyslexia helping by providing coloured paper or providing ...view middle of the document...
Other factors also come into play like the environment, place of study, health and safety, equal opportunities. Time plan needs to be considered e.g. what research the students need to do, what can be given to them in class. If we are taking an adult class there will be other priorities they have. They might be coming from a long day at work, might have family commitments or prior engagements. While carrying out the plan all these factors should be considered.
In the beginning we mentioned the different learning styles and when in class resources should be used to facilitate the different styles. Having an interactive discussion motivates students, be prepared to adapt your plan and teaching strategy for differing abilities. Students need change and there should be awareness on the teachers’ part so that new motivational techniques are introduced to allow a seamless transition.
While assessing it should be clear what is being asked, how much detail is required, what should be included in the answer and how long it should be? As all learners have differing abilities, their work will be variable. In one class there might be learners who have been in the workplace for quite long. There might be others who have just left school or some who studied a long time ago. Everyone will be bringing their own individual skills to the class which will reflect in their assignments. It is not only the tutor who assesses. There can be group work with peers and self assessments. Discussions should be positive and formative allowing the learner to develop.
At the end of the course, learners and trainer evaluate how the course went. Areas to focus on include
* If learners felt that objectives have been met
* Style and resources used were effective
* Did all the learners feel valued
* Did all learners participate
* Were the resources used effectively
* How to improve teaching effectiveness
This can be achieved by a feedback form or verbal feedback. Once the evaluation is complete the tutor can then improve on all aspects of his teaching.
It is important to know that this is a continuous process and all aspects feed into each other. Also this process is carried out before every lesson where it revolves around the teacher with the student at its core.
According to Fawbert (2003) The teaching and learning process is cyclical and each time you complete a cycle and prepare for the next, you should consider the evaluative data and then identify possible areas for improvement.
Roles and responsibilities of a teacher with regard to the teaching/learning cycle
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