Role Responsibilities and Boundaries

Understand own role, responsibilities and boundaries of role in relation to teaching

When considering my role, responsibilities and boundaries as a tutor within the terms of the Kolb cycle, the best approach is to break the cycle down into its five main areas and consider what I would do in each section. With the Kolb cycle you can start at any point.

Identify Needs

A teacher must transmit knowledge and skills in appropriate formats to students. You should review details of people attending as there may be people who have learning, physical, emotional or psychological difficulties. Prospective students should be asked to complete an initial assessment to help you identify possible needs. Following an initial assessment you can start to think about Individual learning plans (ILP) and prepare hand-outs or presentations in a format that is suitable for all students. People with learning difficulties don’t always make tutors aware of their additional needs so you should be able to pick up on some on these by reviewing the initial assessments.
You won’t be able to help all students and you must adhere to professional boundaries; you can always refer a student to a specialist agency.

The teacher should identify where the session is to take place, and visit if practical.   Are resources required? If so, ensure they are available and are in full working order.

Plan and Design
Following the initial assessment you can put together a scheme of work that is interesting and incorporates visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles. Make sure time scales are taken into account. Prepare handouts and have available any other resources that may be needed.


Introduce yourself and provide a small amount of your teaching history. Remember to keep to professional boundaries; do not become over friendly with your students. Encourage your students to introduce themselves; this could be with an icebreaker activity.
On the first session make...