Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Roles, Responsibilities and Boundaries
Review own Role, Responsibilities and Boundaries of own role as a teacher. My schooldays were of the nineteen fifties and sixties, the system of education at that time was Secondary Modern, the methods used would have been somewhat different from those used today, then the teacher would stand at the front of the class, and explain something, using their voice, a blackboard and a piece of chalk, the role of the pupil was to quietly listen, copy and/ or remember, the text and schoolbooks would remain at school at the end of the day. Now as in those days the role of imparting knowledge was important, that is where the similarity ends. It appears the role, responsibilities and boundaries of a teacher have become wider and more responsive to the learners needs.
The modern roles and responsibilities of teaching in the lifelong learning sector are varied; teachers must prepare themselves and the materials to be used, they must be honest and realistic making learning fun and interesting, the modern teacher needs to ensure the security of the learners, they must be accountable and measurable, have the ability to listen, support and guide, imparting knowledge, Inspiring and/or motivating, a teacher with ability can motivate a learner to really enjoy receiving knowledge and can hold the key to the door in the direction of a life time of learning.
1 “Teaching is more than imparting knowledge, it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts, it is acquiring understanding.”
Negotiating and sometimes the having to agree to disagree is another essential role and responsibility.
2 “Teaching is useless unless you learn from your students”
Being a role model “or do as I do”, can be inspirational for a learner.
3 “Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Being a mentor, an advisor, counsellor someone that learner can rely upon, all of these are roles and responsibilities;
4 Having a duty of care for your learners; carrying out one to one tutorials; following professional values and ethics; acting and speaking appropriately; All of these things are about being the best you can be as a teacher, applying yourself and caring for the learner’s needs. The teacher needs to be able to communicate with their learners, for the learners to understand the teacher and the teacher to understand the learners.
The boundaries of a teacher are also many and varied and the teacher/ learner relationship is at the core of the boundaries relationships must be kept on educational basis only, to remain within the law, there will be time constraints to keep within; you must use appropriate language, there are compelling ethical issues to be considered, and to teach with no discrimination; to keep within the standards, regulations and scope of the subject being taught to keep within the syllabus; to ensure the confidentiality of the learners; to ensure the security of the work (Data protection); to dress appropriately and be careful not to offend; to respect learners boundaries; to safeguard yourself and to safeguard your learners; to defend their own and the rights of their learners by 5 ensuring there is no discrimination due to age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex or sexuality (these are known as the six strands of equality); to keep office and traditional politics out of the classroom, and to keep within your own capabilities or competence.
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