Teaching Boundaries

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Steve Plant
Explain the boundaries between the teaching role and other professional roles The role of a teacher is multi faceted. It not only requires the teacher to be able in terms of teaching their given subject, but they also have to be competent in many of the softer skills often taken for granted by outsiders ‘looking in’. The ability to share knowledge, conduct research on a subject and understand individual learning styles is coupled with the ability to be a good listener, be approachable, be able to constantly assess and be able to demonstrate new materials are just a few. In addition to knowing your subject and having a good ability to use the softer skills to get the best from learners, there must also be an ability to recognise boundaries that must not be crossed. Teaching can and should be about not taking shortcuts to ensure full understanding, not allowing cheating whilst setting realistic targets. It is about being aware on learning abilities and importantly teaching good NOT bad practice. However, teachers should not be drawn into over familiarity for instance offering lifts to learners, or lending money. Teachers should also avoid becoming involved with social media or being over tactile with learners all of which can lead to a too familiar relationship perhaps resulting in a breakdown in the relationship you have with other learners. There may also be times when a teacher can spot problems that they themselves should not become involved in but should ‘hand off’ to other professional bodies who are more expert at dealing with such matters. Good teachers should demonstrate a duty of care without becoming overly involved if professional help is needed.

Explain ways to promote appropriate behaviour and respect for others

Summarise ways to establish ground rules with learners and why this is done in teaching and learning Whenever a classroom situation arises it is important to create a framework that encourages respectful dialogue...
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