Review own role and responsibilities, and boundaries of own role as a teacherTraditional and Contemporary Role:Teaching is a noble profession and the teachers are the role model to the learners. A teacher is the guardian of a civilization.
He discovers the dormant treasures of his learners. He shows his learners the light of hope and leads them towards the zenith of success by guiding, nurturing, motivating, counselling. He keeps them busy with lesson by encouraging and helps them to be good, worthy and well-disciplined citizen.
The teachers are to be devoted and engrossed in the relevant subject to be resourceful personalities to the learners. As lifelong learners they have many responsibilities to exercise and apply the appropriate teaching methods and skills to make the best use of the learning prospective of every learner, especially in the lifelong learning sector. Besides this, they are to bear the policies of the respective institutions in their mind.The teacher should know the best method of teaching the syllabus within the time framework, setting the suitable assignment, and assessing each and every learner to make sure the effective learning has been taken place.
Initial assessment of the learners play vital role for effective teaching. Responsibilities of a teacherIt is very important for a teacher to know appropriate role, responsibilities and boundaries for effective teaching. From my practical classroom experience I realized the importance of systemic teaching techniques which I have found in David Kolbs learning styles model and experiential learning theory (ELT).However, before I start a course I try to gather thorough information about the learners through initial assessment by giving them to write small essay on numeracy and literacy, by checking their transcripts and admission forms or interviewing etc. I make a session plan prior to the lesson following the timeline.Basically a teacher should know the rules and regulations of the institute i.
e. behaviour policy, health and safety requirements, diversity and equal opportunity, special needs etc. These enable to arrange the session according to the exact need of the learners. For example, a dyslexic learner may need special care and support on written work or a non-native speaker may need additional language support. As a role model the teacher exercise discipline within himself as well as among the learners.
The teacher has to be up-to-date on his area of specialisation and to have thorough knowledge on the cultures and customs of his learners. Learning has to be made fun-oriented; so the teacher must avoid authoritative manners. The teacher facilitates the learners and motivates them in a positive way and ensures during class, lunch-break etc.Boundaries of a teacherBoundaries are nucleus to be aware of our limitations and apprehend when changes may be needed. They should understand and utilise when a learner need further help.The teacher should know the appropriateness of teacher/learner relationship and disciplinary lines for wrongdoing which are strong ethical issues.
The teacher should reflect upon sessions and look at the overall effectiveness of the course. The teacher must not stay in the classroom with one student especially of opposite sex.The teacher should not be too much authoritarian. 1.1 The key aspects and policiesAs a teacher I should know the education rules and regulations provided by the government as well as the institution I work for. This is very important for smooth and effective teaching. However, I know there are many features of legislation and code of practice varies from country to country.
As a CTLLS student in this country I must follow the LLUK guidelines because it is an independent council responsible for the professional development of all those working in community learning and development, further education, higher education, libraries, archives and information services and work based learning across the UK.In my assignment I would identify and review the key legislations require in my area of specialization.Data protection Act (1998)Personal data relating to ethnicity, political opinion, religion, trade union membership, health, sexuality or criminal record must be obtained fairly and lawfully.Personal data must be kept accurate and up to date and shall not be kept for longer than is necessaryThe data must be kept safely and securely. A strong security protection against data theft or disclosure must be maintained Personal data must not be despatched or given to anyone outside the respective authority. The Disability Discrimination Act (2005)Under Part 4 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001) schools and LAs must not treat disabled students less favourably without justification, and must make reasonable adjustments to ensure they are not disadvantaged compared to their peers. In section 1, 2 and 3 it is clearly stated that the disabled people should be made adjusted to provisions, policies, criterions, practices, procedures and physical features so that disabled people do not face unreasonable difficulties in receiving any benefit conferred by a function of the authority or face a worse experience due to any detriment conferred. As a teacher I have to emphasis on the elimination of unlawful discrimination, harassment of disabled persons that is related to their disabilities and promote equality of opportunity, positive attitudes, take steps to treat them more favourably and encourage participation by them in public life.
Race regulation Act 2003Race regulation Act 2003 has been introduced to strengthen racial discrimination and harassment. A teacher must ensure education is taking place equally irrespective of racial or ethnic origin because the EU race directive sets minimum standards of protection under article 6(2) of the directive that covers employment, training, education, access to, and supply of, goods and services that are available to the public including housing, social protection and social advantage.Health and SafetyThe teacher must be aware of the health and safety rules and regulation. The education awarding bodies have to meet the minimum health and safety standards covering issues such as maintenance of buildings and equipments, pure drinking water, lavatory, ventilation, first aids, fire exit, prayer room etc.
The teacher should ensure if these are available in his class.ConclusionTeaching is a challenging profession so teachers should impart education in the proper way so that the learners find their door of success open worldwide. A teacher is a nation builder. So he/she must take this profession as a challenge and achieve his/her goal thereafter.