Teaching Roles

Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships for teaching in the lifelong learning sector

This essay will reflect upon the roles, responsibilities, and relationships formed through facilitating learning/teaching, supported by literature from research and additional secondary reading material.

Whilst teaching students an open, approachable, and enthusiastic manner may have fundamental impact towards the learning environment and engagement of students.
Additionally having a good grounded subject knowledge and creating a relaxed and comfortable environment may have a positive impact on the learner, allowing for mutual trust and a positive working relationship to grow.

'' the facilitation of learning within a secure environment with a focus on the interpersonal relationship between the learner and the facilitator based on trust, empathic understanding and genuineness on the part of the facilitator is the key to effective learning''(Armitage et al.2007,p.76)

Students may gain more from active learning, participating in dialogue and debate than   from passively receiving lectures.
Maintaining an informal style encourages students to feel at ease and comfortable to focus on learning.

In her book Preparing to teach in the Life Long learning sector 2012 [kindle version, loc.289]
Ann Gravell explains that " Your main role as a teacher should be to teach your subject in a way that actively involves and engages your students"

The teaching cycle
Teachers can utilise the teaching cycle (fig 1) to help identify various teaching methods that could be useful throughout a teaching role.

The cycle identifies five key areas which have associated roles

Identifying learner needs
Lesson planning based on needs identified
Deliver / facilitate learning
Formative assessment
Evaluate / summative assessment...