Pttls - What Is a Teacher?

‘’The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires’’. (Ward, 2012)

In relation to these words, teaching is a profession that may be regarded as providing opportunities for students to learn. Furthermore, teachers are not born as teachers and they are not created by their teacher training tutors. It is said that good teachers make themselves and research shows that there are no personality types that particularly make good teachers. To a large extent, an individual learns to play the role of a teacher, and as they practice, they feel more confident in that role. Moreover, it is said that an individual can only succeed if they know how to learn from their mistakes and successes. With this in mind, this document will discuss the roles, responsibilities and relationships for teaching in the lifelong learning sector. It will be created by exploring and engaging with each of the stages within Gravells Model ‘Teacher Training Cycle’.

Effective teaching is more a matter of skill than charisma, although there are some techniques that can help to make lectures more enjoyable for those in the audience.
The major skills of teaching are explaining, presenting the material in a clear and logical sequence, lecture preparation and generating interest in order to engage students. These skills are closely associated with the goals of coverage, understanding, and motivation and they are dependent upon component skills such as using audio-visual aids, varying student activities, comparing and contrasting, and getting the openings and endings of a taught lesson right.

Qualities of an effective teacher may be of a positive, encouraging, honest nature. Things such as teacher-student communication and teacher-student interaction showing, mutual respect between teacher and students within the classroom, can be vital on so many levels. (REFERENCE) highlights that by showing interest and caring for the students...