Roles and Responsibilities

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Review your own role as a teacher and the responsibilities that you feel come with that. Also explain what you feel is not part of your responsibility as a teacher of adults.

As a teacher of adults in the Lifelong Learning Sector my own Roles and Responsibilities would be very different and varied from other teachers/tutors in different levels and sectors of education. However, there would also be many similarities in core principles and practices.

As a teacher it is a part of our role to multitask which includes:

• Managing a diverse group of learner.
• Managing activities to be performed by the group.
• Identifying and accordingly modifying the course content to suit the needs of the group. • Managing the learning.

This come with its difficulties as many obstacles can obstruct this, as a teacher we must make sure that lessons are clear and fluent and encourage students to prepare for the sessions

Any teaching event will be more successful if the teacher:
• is enthusiastic
• has organised the session well
• has a feeling for the subject
• can conceptualise the topic
• has empathy with the learners
• understands how people learn
• has skills in teaching and managing learning
• is alert to context and ‘classroom’ events
• is teaching with their preferred teaching style
• has a wide range of skills in their teaching repertoire, including ‘questioning, listening, reinforcing, reacting, summarising and leadership’ (McCrorie, 2006, p. 8). 

1. McCrorie P (2006) Teaching and Leading Small Groups. Association for the Study of Medical Education, Edinburgh.

I would consider my roles and responsibilities as a teacher to include:

• Research
• Prepare lesson plans.
• Source materials.
• Ensure a clear induction is delivered
• Deliver the sessions demonstrating clear aims and objectives. • Ensure the students understand their expected outcomes. • Respond to feedback.
• Manage the timetable.
• Record - such as attendance and assessment.
• Review the course.
• Planning learning methods that will suit the learner’s way of learning.

• Assess the students. Reviewing the learning achievements and progression at regular intervals.

• Provide feedback to the students and colleagues.
• To motivate and encourage the learner at all times as learners will go through peaks and dip’s in their learning mind set.

• Giving positive constructive feedback to the learner and listening to the feedback the learner gives and using it.

· Delivering lessons appropriately and efficiently
· Creating and facilitating opportunities for learning
· Monitoring attendance
· Assessing students
· Gaining feedback, evaluating it and improving
· Staying up to date
· Maintaining high standards
· Complying with the rules of the organisation and the codes of practice (Gravell, A. 2008)

The common strands are:
• Responsibilities towards the learners/trainees/students • Responsibilities towards the employer, such as upholding quality

• Ensure that the environment is suitable
• Understand the topics above the level required by the student – particularly necessary for Q&A sessions and gaining the confidence of mature students, maintaining high standards. • CPD – necessary for teaching requirements & legislation changes and for technical legislation changes. • Comply with company rules and legislation.

• Follow the dress code that not only represents the company but presents a professional approach. • Identify the remaining learning barriers.
As a teacher my responsibilities and boundaries don’t stop there. Many of teacher’s responsibilities are not only aligned with ensuring the facilitation of...
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