25th September 2011
Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 4
Theory Assignment 1
Describe what your role, responsibilities and boundaries would be as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle. Reflect on this.
People learn for different reasons. Some to further their career development, others for personal fulfilment or to keep up with modern trends. ‘The pensioner, trying to gain skills so that they can communicate in today’s electronic era’ (Wilson, 2008: 5). For whatever reason, learning is here to stay. As a teacher, there are some fundamental rules that must be adhered, to enable an optimum learning opportunity. The first is, do not assume (Wilson 2008). Whether you are a veteran trainer or just breaking into the field of teaching: the rule still applies.
There are five basic steps to successful teaching and they can be found in the teaching/training cycle. The cycle sets out identifying needs, planning and designing, delivering, assessing and evaluating. Utilise all the known and tried tools to structure a bespoke teaching package centred around your learners. To be learner centred requires a knowledge of the learners, therefore the first stage of the teaching cycle, identifying needs, is used to ensure you have the information to plan successfully. It has to be remembered that the class is made up of a group of individuals and there lies the first challenge: the group and the individuals. Identifying the needs of the group is marginally simpler as the learners have all got a common goal, which is to learn the subject you are teaching. Group dynamics must be considered as the learners will all be coming from different backgrounds, with varying degrees of educational experience, and likely from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. A good standard for assessing needs is using SPICE. This looks at five areas that could influence learning; social, physical, intellectual, cultural, and emotional. A variety...