As a teacher in the learning environment I feel it is very important to meet the requirements and needs of the Students. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that the Students feel that they can express themselves and self realise their true potential. The single most important attribute of a good teacher is that they are approachable in all aspects of the training. You are responsible for the guiding, developing and the overall safeguarding of the learner. As ‘thee’ mentor flexibility and diversity are useful and key tools in your approach to the academic environment. Although the roles and responsibilities in education are varied, as a teacher you should standardise your practice with others and prepare delivery material. Following SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) teaching theory is a great aid to preparing your lesson. The purpose of setting goals is for those goals to be achieved; using the SMART criteria helps ensure that the goals are within reason and attainable.
Setting objectives will empower the learner to address certain issues pertaining to any goal that is not being achieved. A well detailed, well-setup goal has the best chance of being achieved. Having the ability to listen, support and guide, be inspiring, clear communication with your Students, other professionals and stakeholders, promote appropriate behaviour, being reflective, which means learning from success aswell as mistakes, and being aware of support mechanisms (thecriticalblog, 2013). As a teacher you are also responsible for identifying learner’ specific needs, this is critical because if these are not identified the training will not achieve the intended outcome.
There are many methods in which we can you use to determine the level of our learner such as using assessments to determine where our learner is educationally. Having an understanding of the learner’s emotional and practical needs and what methods are adequate for the learner. There are many different methods you could use to determine this such as using Bloom’s Taxonomy (Geoff Petty, 2004) institute
The method in which I like to use is ‘VARK Learning Styles’ (Geoff Petty, 2004)
Knowing and understanding the learning Styles will enable the use of different modalities to receive and understand new information. The Students may have more than one learning style. It is important to include a variety of modalities in your lesson. Being able to do this will give all the Students equal opportunities to understand the lesson that you teach. Assessments are another great tool that can be carried out periodically throughout the teaching period, enabling the progress of the learner to be monitored. It is also very important to remember the teacher’s role as a role model/mentor and that you only get one opportunity to create a first impression. As a teacher it is imperative that you are punctual, dressed appropriately and you give feed back when necessary. It is essential that you portray a professional image and you work within the boundaries of the law, professional codes and ethics. As a teacher/trainer you will work with various professional such as Teaching Assistants, Administrative Staff, outside agencies (OFTED).
Teaching Assistants have a very important role to play in the success of your lesson. They will provide you with invaluable support, so it is crucial that you build a good relationship with them. Involve your Teaching Assistant in as much planning, preparation and assessments as possible. Teachers also need to have a good relationship with other practitioners such as social workers, nurses, GPs and other Educational Professionals. When working with Students it is paramount to maintain professional boundaries that stay within the job description and conforms to policies and regulatory codes of practice. The use of the ‘Teacher Cycle’ model helps to generalise the roles of a teacher in regards to facilitating learning to the student (Geoff Petty, 2004)
Before we can summarise key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice we need to understand what these terms mean. Legislation, regulatory requirements are a duty to act according to the law as defined in an Act of Parliament and enforceable through a court of law. Codes of Practice are rules outlining how a person in a particular profession or a situation is expected to behave. (Wikipedia) There are a number of laws, directives and codes of practice that teachers have to be made aware of and implement in their role. The main act which I feel is immensely important is the Children’s Act (2004) this act emphasises the importance of safeguarding children and young people within their educational setting,
The Equality Act (2010) this supports professionals who may be discriminated against age, disability, race, religion, belief, gender and sexual orientation. Teachers must also be aware and understand the importance of Health and Safety Act (1974). The Health and Safety Act 1974 mandates that both teacher and learner should work in a safe environment were risk is correctly identified and mitigated against.
It is vitally important to have a good working relationship within a setting because it reflects and promotes a positive environment. It is important to set ground rules as this is a strategy that will help to set the expectations of the Students, and enable them to achieve a cohesive and harmonious approach when working together. When the ground rules have been established and agreed with the learners this will then promote a frame for future reference. It is also a good idea to allow the student to establish and agree on ground rules within the setting, this will make them feel included and give them a sense of ownership. Explain to the Students why it is important to establish ground rules and why they need to respect the learning environment, other members of the group and the teacher.
Taking into account that not all Students have been involved in working on ground rules in the past and that there may be some learning/behavioural issues, I would therefore encompass different method which would involve the said Student what is important, is whatever method chosen the teacher establishes the ground rules at the start of their first session. A way of promoting appropriate behaviour and respect is to positively implement the established ground rules, practicing good role modelling, positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviour, and praise and encouragement were necessary.
When teaching I have to consider the importance in treating all Students equally with respect and dignity, regardless of their age, disability, race, gender, ethnicity or social class. Being aware that some of these factors may play a part in how the student will learn and it is important for me to consider this when planning lessons. It is important that when I teach I help my student by organising the learning environment to enable ease of access, use pictures and overlays in handouts and presentations, which will reflect the different learning abilities. As a teacher it is essential that you identify and meet the needs of you Students. Understand that Students have different needs, learning styles and difficulties. My role in respect of this will be to ensure that all classroom needs are met such as wheelchair access, can the person navigate easily round the classroom? Can my classroom be easily altered to suit other students with disabilities?
Have I prepared suitably for my lesson? Will I be able to return marked work in the agreed timescale and I must also adhere to policies and legislations. It is important that I reflect and review my own teaching techniques and methods. Identify areas of improvement to ensure that I meet the needs of my students. A good method in which I have learnt is to keep a Reflective Journal that way you are able to keep record of what has gone well and what hasn’t gone so well in your lessons. Should any of my students show lack of understanding I will then be required to prepare alternative ways to impact their knowledge.
The Critical Blog, www. thecriticallog. com, 2013
Teaching Today Geoff Petty 3rd Edition, 2004
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector 2008 Gravells A Wikipedia, www.wikipedia.org
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