Review Your Role, Responsibilities, and Boundaries as a Teacher

Task 1 – Review your role, responsibilities, and boundaries as a teacher

A teacher is someone whose role it is to further another person’s knowledge, skills or experience through practical or theoretical sessions either in a one-to-one or group situation.   This is usually through planned, formal sessions that have been developed with the training cycle in mind. The training cycle consists of five stages:      
This is as the name suggests, a cycle, so it is a continuous process and should be continually evolving. Many people have proposed different theories of learning, such as Kolb’s (1984) Experiental theory whereby people continually learn by reflecting on their experience and adapting their behaviour accordingly. Skinner’s (1974) Behaviourist theory is based on the fact that people will repeat behaviour where there is positive reinforcement and are less likely to repeat something where there is negative reinforcement.
The overall need of the students may already have been done by an awarding body/institution that may have written a syllabus or specification. There will still need to be an identification of need on a lower level by the teacher of what is required to achieve the syllabus/specification and then this leads to the responsibility of preparing lesson plans. As a result of recapping the previous lesson, you may identify a gap in students’ learning/understanding that needs addressing before continuing with the planned lesson. As a teacher you also need to be aware of your boundaries and in this instance, this would be the time and resources available.
There is a responsibility as a teacher is to ensure that all needs are identified and this extends beyond the learning content of the course. It is important to consider students’ differing learning styles, as described by Fleming (1987), and to ensure that the teaching includes all three examples of this. Visual learners like to read and like pictures, Aural learners enjoy...