Describe what your role, responsibilities and boundaries would be as a teacher in terms of the teaching / training cycle.
The role of the teacher is to facilitate the learning aims of the taught group on behalf of them and their service provider. Examples of overall learning aims include the passing of knowledge-based examinations, the demonstration of a skill or competency and, in some cases, a combination of all such elements.
The teacher’s responsibilities are a set of specific actions grouped to achieve desired learning outcomes. These responsibilities cover two distinct areas, namely the pastoral and the pedagogic. The former includes student health & safety and behaviour management, the latter teaching methods and student engagement. In this context, the term ‘boundaries’ describes the social contract between the service provider, teacher and learner group. Boundaries are concerned, for example, with service limits and the establishment and policing of codes of conduct.
The teaching/training cycle is comprised of five activities, namely:- (i) the identification of needs,
(ii) lesson planning and design,
(iii) teaching the lesson and the facilitation of learning,
(iv) assessing learner achievements, and
(v) evaluating the contribution made of the teaching methods used.
Identifying needs combines data collected before student induction, e.g. returned application forms and observations made at induction, e.g. during ice-breaker activity. My specialism of teaching adults English as a foreign language needs to ascertain a student’s ability to listen, read, talk and write.My role here includes assessing whether a student’s subject ability is appropriate or would be better addressed in a ‘special needs’ context. My understanding of the material and institutional teaching environments will also inform how best to cater for students with mobility issues/learning...