“Review your role, responsibilities and boundaries as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle.”
“docendo discimus – by teaching we learn”
~Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC – 65AD)
The role of a teacher is defined by their technical knowledge and the ability to impart this knowledge in an inspirational and professional manner. A competent teacher will nurture development and understanding by creating an environment conducive to learning whereby all their students will engage and feel free to express themselves regardless of ability.
At Rolling Sound our mission is to use creativity and multimedia to help re-engage young people across the UK. giving them a chance to grow personally and socially through meaningful projects and courses. None of the students I work with are in full time education or employment, so as a Creative Multimedia Tutor, my role is to motivate, inspire and teach skills that the young people can use as a platform to rejoin the education system and increase their chances of finding employment. This is done, in part, by setting individual realistic goals and helping them on their way to achieving them. It’s reassuring to know that although I may have limitations there is an infrastructure in place for points of referral so that the young people will always be supported and protected.
By returning to the aforementioned quote, “by teaching we learn” I understand the necessity to evaluate and re-evaluate my roles and responsibilities in order to perform at the best of my ability. I do this by looking at the four main roles I perform and reviewing my attributes for each one as presented below.
As a person
Approachability, Motivation, Competence, Patience, Optimism, Diplomacy, Passion, Astuteness, Humorous.
As Classroom Manager
Leadership, Organised, Resourceful, Disciplined, Diplomatic
As a Teacher
Good communicator, Competent, Inspirational, Good listener, Ability to differentiate, Presentable
As a monitor for progress & potential
Observant, Discreet, Tactical, Objective, impartial, Organised
In addition to reflecting on the roles and responsibilities it is also important that a good teacher uses a method or system to monitor and implement their findings. Teaching professionals to do just this uses the Training Cycle, a system based on the work of David Kolb. Every time the cycle is completed the teacher is able to improve their ability to impart knowledge in a manner in which all their students are able to understand and implement. The diagram below illustrates the four main processes to follow.
Initially, the teacher must make an assessment of each individual in order to gauge ability and identify the needs of the students. This initial assessment will allow them to plan and design activities and lesson plans that accommodate the needs of all students. The teacher is then responsible for implementing and delivering the lesson or activity in a manner that will engage the entire group using methods and resources to accommodate different learning styles. Finally, the teacher must assess and evaluate...