The main role of the teacher is to facilitate communication in such a way that all students are encouraged to enter into a wider debate surrounding the topic they have chosen. To ensure sessions aim and objectives are meaningful and applicable to students the teaching role incorporates on-going administration and assessment. My role is to create a safe learning environment to establish open and trusting relationships. Role, responsibilities and boundaries are evolving qualities within the teacher which are assessed and reflected upon using the teaching/training cycle; a cycle of assessment, planning and review. The cycle can be followed by teacher and student alike and must be followed for learning to be truly effective as described in the following quote: Ann Gravells (2008: 27) “It’s called as cycle as you can start at any point, but you must follow through all the other points for teaching and learning to be effective.” Identify needs; this is the most important stage of the teaching cycle. Without identifying the student’s needs and requirements, effective teaching would be impossible to create. SPICE is a popular method of looking and identifying a student’s needs it stands for Social, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural, and Emotional. Social influences on a student both past a present could affect the way a student’s interacts with others, and how they view the education system and how they have learned in the past. Physical can be how a potential learner actually accesses the building or classroom, lack of mobility, sensory and mental issues are also a factor. Intellectual, this affects the student’s rate of learning and whether they have a great ability for absorbing information or a poorer ability. This also affects their ability to learn new skills. Cultural, this can affect a student’s views, beliefs and values which could affect their full participation in the class room. Emotional, this affects a student’s motivation and could have an effect on their ability to stick to a task and their longevity on the course. Planning and design is the next stage, it is important to plan and design my lessons so that it covers the correct information and so that every student understands. I need to make sure I am covering all the learning outcomes needed for the students to complete the childcare course and use different teaching methods to keep interest. The stage of delivery, for me as the tutor is vital. This is where, after all the planning and design, I have to deliver the content of the lesson to students. (This will also be the most nerve wrecking) I need to confident in my ability and not show my nerves. Give out clear instructions and objectives. The assessing stage is important to both myself as the tutor and the student, we can both see what has been learnt and achieved. I can then use this information to see if the students are meeting the requirements of the course or if they need more individual help and guidance. The final stage is Evaluation this is when I record students progress, behaviour and performance with informal and formal assessment results, paying attention to the learning methods which most enhances students learning so I can reflect on my own teaching so I can adapt the lessons plans or learning if needed.
The main responsibility of the teacher is to continually reassess development and change during the course and create a seamless transition to ensure smooth delivery. Completing attendance records, maintaining records of students’ progress and attending meetings is all part of a teachers role. It is my responsibility to monitor, evaluate and improve the quality and effectiveness of my delivery by taking into account students changing needs. The activities should be appropriate and varied to appeal to students with different learning styles. The resources should be well prepared, sufficient for the number of students and used to support the learning activities....
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