Q1 – Answer
A – Assessing Learners Needs
A teacher’s role, responsibilities and boundaries are never set in stone and are always changing to adapt to new situations. With regards to the teaching/training cycle, they are often being assessed and reflected upon. I believe the main role of a teacher is to facilitate learning. By this I mean that the teacher provides the knowledge, tools and information for the learner to then develop and better themselves (Reece and Walker 2009, p35-36). To ensure that sessions aims and objectives are met and are always relevant and meaningful, ongoing assessments within the teaching role need to be made. By assessing the varying learning styles of the group, the teacher can apply or combine different teaching and learning styles to help ensure that all students benefit and get the most from the lessons. A session involving Visual, Auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles ensures students have equal rights to learning (Reece and Walker 2009, p141-142).
B – Planning and Preparing Teaching and Learning Programmes for Groups and Individuals When planning and preparing my lessons I set aims and objectives for the whole group. These aims and objectives are derived from the syllabus that I have to teach from. To make my lessons effective I have to get each individual in that group to where they need to be. Not everyone learns in the same way so I have to plan my lessons to cater for individual needs. The size of the group has no impact on my plan for each lesson as I can only teach a maximum of 12 students at a time. To ensure that I cater to the entire classes needs though I ensure I use a variety of different delivery methods (lectures, Demonstrations, practicals, Q&A) and teaching aids (whiteboard, PowerPoint, learning tools). This helps deliver the aims and objectives to a wider range of different...