Roles and Responsibilities of a Teacher

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Assessment Question 1 – Roles and Responsibilities as a Teacher

As in every profession, roles, responsibilities and boundaries are set in order to define the line indicating the acceptable limits. Many people think the role of a teacher is just to teach students new skills; however the role goes much further than this, it can include assessor, verifier, advisor, record keeper, course designer, working with employers and personal tutor.  Within this position there are naturally a huge number of responsibilities related to each of the roles that must be undertaken.  It is therefore important to be clear on what your roles and responsibilities include and what the boundaries of your role are whilst remaining professional at all times.  The roles and responsibilities of a teacher are important as they create order in any given learning situation and allow personal and organisational objectives to be met, as those with roles will be accountable to their success. Guided actions and activities assigned to or required, or expected of a person or group are referred to as "Roles" while the obligations to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion are referred to as "Responsibilities." All learning institutions are subject to legislation. It is therefore relevant that this assignment links the roles and responsibilities to the current legislative requirements such as Special Education Needs (SEN), Disability Discrimination Act, (DDA), and Equal Opportunities. As a teacher, under the Professional Code of Practice, I will be required to undertake 30 hours of Continued Professional Development per year and must also have up to date information and training within my subject knowledge. Therefore, I will be able to show clarity in my roles and responsibilities in order to prevent any neglect of duty. Within this assignment I am expected to examine the teacher's roles and responsibilities in relation to the Teaching/Training Cycle. After analysing this topic, I should assess and conclude that "Obviously teachers wear many hats: friend, counsellor, judge, mentor, hundreds of roles and different roles for different classes, students and extracurricular duties." (Holtrop (1997))

In relation to the Teacher Training cycle, I have a role of Assessor. A majority of learners will have different individual learning needs and for me to accommodate their needs, I need to have assessment skills that will promote equality, diversity and inclusion. The LLUK Standard states one of the professional practices as "Apply principles to evaluate and develop own practice in promoting equality and inclusive learning and engaging with diversity." I can achieve this by carrying out thorough initial assessments that will help me to identify different learner needs such as poor writing skills, poor reading skills, disabilities etc. I must have knowledge and understanding of how to apply the different assessment methods like formative and summative assessments to meet these needs. By ensuring this is done I am able to increase the level of motivation to both the learner and teacher. I am responsible for giving learners constructive feedback on their performance, which will motivate them, especially those that are unsure of their own abilities. I also have the role of an Evaluator.

Quality assurance is the evaluation of the service that you provide and, it should be undertaken in a reflective manner. It may seem strange to base quality assurance on the teaching and learning process, but as our learners are at the core of our service, it is important to begin with them. Rogers (2002) talks about evaluation of education as being important for at least three reasons, one of these is: “‘To improve our performance as teachers”. Questions of quality, of accountability, of protecting our ‘customers’, of being effective, are important not just for the providers and organisers but also for our student participants and for ourselves” Rogers (2002)...
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