Theory Question 1
Review your role, responsibilities and boundaries as a teacher/trainer in terms of the teaching/training cycle.
“Personally, I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught.” ~Winston Churchill (date unknown)
In the above quote Winston Churchill makes reference to the subtle difference between learning in the sense of expanding one’s knowledge and skills, and being taught in the context of “taught a lesson” through learning by committing mistakes.
Churchill’s quote has relevance to the teaching cycle as the process must aim to maximise opportunities for developing skill and knowledge in a well planned and executed ...view middle of the document...
It is generally recognised in the available literature that it is the teachers role and responsibility in the planning phase to identify any special needs and ideally learners' preferred learning styles, motivations and previous educational experiences. Critically it is recognised that this phase would include the lesson planning based on much of this research.
The delivery phase of the cycle requires the effective transfer of learning through a combination of learning methodologies that combine visual, auditory and kinaesthetic teaching in order to aid different learning styles. It is at this stage that the literature recognises the importance of establishing and respecting boundaries. Teachers must behave responsibly and professionally at all times and are responsible for the effective transfer of learning to the group. Issues clearly outside of this learning process go beyond the boundaries of good teaching practice and are not the responsibility of the teacher. In order to clarify these boundaries it is generally recognised that a course contract should be agreed at the commencement of delivery. Teachers also have clear responsibility for ensuring the correct facilities and equipment are available to facilitate learning.
The literature recognises that it is the role of the teacher to decide on the best way of assessing/examining learners and their responsibility to follow the assessment/examination procedures agreed by awarding bodies. Clearly The teacher must keep records of assessments and achievements of students and provide feedback accordingly.
Following delivery and assessment the literature recommends that the teacher has a direct role in the evaluation of the learning with a view to identifying areas for improvement. ...