PTLLS Theory Assignment 1
Review your role, responsibilities and boundaries as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle.
“The role of a teacher in society is both significant and valuable. It has far-reaching influence on the society he lives in and no other personality can have an influence more profound than that of a teacher. “ Raina (2011:1).
This stated we must have a method of preparation, deliverance and evaluation in order to have a successful encounter with all we teach. According to many popular educational theories literacy’s there are five areas to the teaching/training cycle. These are; Identifying needs, Plan/Design of the course, Delivery, Assessments and finally Evaluation. While this cycle can be started and finished at any phase, it should always be followed all the way through for it to be most effective. However Kolb and Fry (1975) shows that the ‘cycle’ can be shown in four stages with the same principles. I will use the 5 step cycle in my assignment.
Assessing learners’ needs is the process by which it is possible to identify what it is that is needed to provide a “good” course. “This could be defined as one that is relevant to [the learners] needs with clear statements of purpose and having appropriate content presented at the right level and pace” Daines,Daines,Graham (2003:15) While the argument can be made that teaching without prior knowledge of the learner needs can be partially successful; by assessing learner needs it lessens the element of chance. Thus giving the Teacher/trainer a more responsible acceptance and giving a good balance for relationships with the learners. A basic assessment would include questions about disabilities, literacy/language barriers. Asking questions about previous experience around the subject, a person’s learning styles and if there are any other needs that must be addressed before the course starts. Identifying does not stop here as there as you...