The Role of the Teacher

Assignment T1: Describe your role, responsibilities and boundaries as a teacher/trainer/tutor in terms of the teaching/training cycle.

There are many characters that form the role of the teacher, which emerge as he/she travels through the teacher/training cycle.   These include: Assessor, Facilitator, Guide, Mentor, Motivator and Evaluator.

As an art teacher looking to work within the adult education sector it would be my role to ensure that my learners’ existing knowledge, abilities and barriers are assessed.   This assists effective lesson planning to facilitate learning in a manner that is suitable to the group’s learning styles and individual needs.   I would take in to account VAK (visual, aural and kinaesthetic) learning styles as noted by Fleming (1987) in order to gain the best from my students.

Whilst providing knowledge in a comprehensive format, I would guide, mentor and motivate my learners to achieve the SMART (short, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound) targets agreed.   I would pay particular attention to encouraging learners’ creativity and new concepts through drawing on their own inspirations whilst making a wide range of tools and mediums available to them to explore.

I would promote group and individual feedback to encourage self-assessment amongst learners as described by Petty (2009):

“Self-assessment or self-evaluation encourages the self-reliance and self-direction that humanistic theorists prize.   Self-assessment is itself a crucial skill for work and learning.   It encourages students to take responsibility for their own improvement, and is the route to excellence in any field.”

A teacher also benefits from self-reflection and evaluating feedback from learners in order that he/she can improve and develop the way in which he/she works.

With these roles of the teacher comes many responsibilities which can be divided in to two main categories: responsibilities to the organisation in which the teacher is employed and...