Role, responsibilities and boundaries are qualities that are constantly evolving within the teacher in terms of assessment, planning, designing and reviewing and this can be developed and reflected upon using the teaching/training cycle: It is called a cycle as you can start at any point, but you must follow through all the other points for teaching and learning to be effective (Gravells 2008:27)
The role of the teacher is to facilitate learning by identifying and analysing the needs of each individual learner. Regarding responsibilities, teachers must ensure they are knowledgeable in their specialist subject and maintain this through continuous professional development (CPD). They must be aware of relevant guidelines, legislation and codes of conduct regarding their specialist subject whilst maintaining records and giving appropriate support to each learner. With regards to baby massage CPD is developed through newsletters from Peter Walker (online) and research. The boundaries of the teacher are to know their own limits personally and professionally whilst remaining in control and being as fair and ethical as possible. Other factors which require consideration are institutional and environmental barriers which can affect each individual learner.
Each learner is unique and has individual needs. If the needs of our learners are discovered and met, the chances of success are greatly increased. (Petty 2004:496)
There are many things to consider when identifying the needs of the learner; one is carried out before teaching by means of an application form which will provide information of any additional needs. It is vital as a teacher to have the relevant information for every learner, as some may need extra
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