Updated: Aug 17
“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.”
― Albert Einstein
Many new teachers focus largely on the delivery of their material, managing time and other obvious issues,
but the reality is there are
many roles a teacher must undertake to ensure the successful development of their learners. This fact is easily overlooked!
Below I have explained 5 of my favourite roles a teacher must take on:
TEACHER: The Teacher role is to ensure that learners gain the information you have been asked to teach them also you must measure their achievement of this goal. The role promotes inclusion by requiring to initially assess learners to understand their abilities and needs and allowing everyone to express their opinions. At the beginning of each term I like to run a songwriting game to see how much the learners have progressed and to see if I need to change my approach with any of the learners.
MOTIVATOR: As a Motivator you must strife to keep your learners engaged. You must keep yourself motivated in order to keep your learne
rs motivated. This role promotes Inclusion by aiming to keep everybody motivated, you must find away of attaining this with each individual learner. In my lessons I know that learners need motivating differently and I adapt my methods accordingly.
BEING APPROACHABLE: Being Approachable is important in regards to safeguarding and keeping students on track. If a learner does not feel comfortable talking to you then they can become vulnerable or fall behind on work without you knowing. If you do this right then you promote inclusion as everyone will feel comfortable with sharing their needs and ideas with you. In my lesson my learners often tell me what they like and dislike about the course and where we can improve.
ROLE MODEL: Being a Role Model is important to provide a standard of behaviour and an example of good work ethics. If this does not happen then it is hard to discipline learners for bad behaviour. If you are a good role model then you promote inclusion by example. In my classes I always try to set an example of letting everybody have their input.
LEADER: Being a Leader is about steering that group through assignments and getting them through the course. You must be decisive and fair. You promote inclusion in this role by setting the ground rules which allow for inclusion such as don't speak over people, don’t mock people for their opinion etc. In my classes I do not tolerate such behaviour.