The Complex Role of a Teacher

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The main themes of our models

After reading all models submitted by our group, they had all come to a consensus that it takes a combination of attributes, academic understanding and a deep desire to better themselves and the learning experience of the students they come into contact with. A professional teacher’s role is multifaceted, personally developed and never ending. Groundwater-smith (2007) states, that it is a teacher’s responsibility to “provide an environment that promotes the physical, emotional, social and intellectual wellbeing of all students”.

In today’s society it is not enough for a teacher to simply teach - society has made it this way. If all children had a safe, nurturing and academically minded community in which they lived in and all parents/care givers had their children’s best interests at heart at all times, there would be no need for a teacher to provide anything other than the content to learn. Sadly this is not the case, with too many outside factors creating obstacles for young minds to learn, it has become the teachers role to not only be the educator but to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of his/her students.

Our group felt that to be able to be of service to the students, a teacher must have ‘knowledge’ of the following: * Pedagogical (academic, curriculum, resources available) * Duty of Care and pertaining to State and School

* Legal guidelines, confidentiality and Code of Ethics
* Community (sporting groups, hobbies, community activities, community resources e.g. libraries, museums) * Student (history, parents, siblings, physical and academic abilities, culture, religion if any and simple likes and dislikes to establish common ground) Secondly a teacher must uphold ‘professionalism’ at all times, this is done by: * Having acquired over time the important attributes as: confidence, compassion, good communication skills, intuitive, unbiased, optimistic, curiosity, punctuality and patience...
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