Before starting this journey towards a new career it is important to question what you want to achieve. Why do you want to teach? What do you want to teach? And who do you want to teach?
The teacher’s role, responsibilities and limitations is no longer limited to children established in the British Primary and Secondary schools. In these days the population keep up to date with their education until later in the life circle for different reasons. Some people update their education/training due to the fact that they try to gain employment, or if they have already gained that, to remain in employment. The teacher’s role now is to keep up with what the society demand for teaching in the lifelong learning sector. But it is not just demands that sometimes worry people working in the teaching profession, there are limitations as well. Let us try to illustrate this with an example: You have a student who is weak in English, you should
arrange for the student to receive extra English lessons with a specialist in teaching English. The teacher should also be able to encourage their students to achieve the best possible result, which the example above also illustrates. We sometimes feel helpless towards changes in the surrounding, it could be things like what happens when a course ends and you as a professional have done all you can to prepare your students for life outside college, knowing that it will be difficult for them to get a job no matter how well they have been taught.
The relationships between teachers and other professionals in the lifelong learning sector is sometimes complex because in the same time the teacher is your inspiration, your confidence, your mentor and the one who criticises your work, you sometimes will have deal with other professionals. It could perhaps be a person who arranges contacts with businesses outside the place of education and people who arrange extra help for students who needs that help to complete their course work. The cooperation between the student adviser and the teacher is important as well because if the teacher finds that despite the best possible effort from the student, it would not be possible to achieve a good result he / she should first of all talk to the student, and secondly talk to the student adviser about a course that would be more suitable for the student. A good example of that is from Tummons, Becoming a Professional Tutor in the Lifelong Learning Sector a teacher is giving feedback to a student and the student receives it in a negative way. The way the teacher handles the situation does not impress me because he seems unable to deal with the situation in a professional manner, and sooner or later he has to face up to his responsibility to the student and other professional bodies. He says “I am a teacher and not a social worker “, but he does not contact a professional body who might be able to help and he does not tell the student what he really thinks. As a teacher you should always maintain a professional relationship with both your students and other professional bodies involved in the educational sector. Try never to get personally involved because it can be seen as unprofessional behaviour by the outside world.
According to Wallace, “Teaching, Tutoring and Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector”, there are different ways of thinking about your own professional development as a teacher, like Gregorc describes four stages of professional development. Theses are ‘Becoming’, ‘Growing’, ‘Maturing’ and ‘Fully Functioning’. I believe we have to go through this process, not just as teachers, but also as individuals.
A teacher has a duty to keep records like register the attendance of the class and which subjects they have taught, this is for proof that the correct subjects has been taught to the...