Teaching Role and Responsibilities

As a teacher, we have many roles and responsibilities that we should adhere to and conduct through our everyday teaching. It’s important first and foremost to identify the current skills and individual needs of the students through initial assessments, in order to plan the lessons effectively. Teachers need to be able to apply appropriate teaching and learning methods that take into account all individual learner’s needs so they are continually promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within the classroom. When starting as a teacher for Retail, I learnt that one of my students had cerebral palsy and therefore needed to ensure that I was providing additional support as and when required. The initial assessment also showed that the students have different literacy and numeracy skills too, so I need to differentiate my lessons accordingly.

Teaching requires a high level of confidence plus excellent subject knowledge. In my teaching, for example, I have to have a good knowledge of the Retail sector and be confident enough to answer any questions the students may ask. Ultimately, a teacher needs to inspire learners and support them to meet their goals so for me, I need to be enthusiastic and passionate about what I teach in order to motivate the students and help them to achieve their potential. “In the classroom you can provide many forms of support for your students: arousing interest through enthusiastic delivery”, Armitage, A et al (2007), p.136.

As a teacher I am solely in control of the lesson and therefore need to be fully prepared and have all the documentation, paperwork and lesson planning clearly in order before the lesson begins. It is also important for me to keep the lessons varied and practical. I am continually using different activities and resources, such as role-play, videos, and group interaction as it makes for a much more interesting learning environment. “Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of...