CET Assignment 2: Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training Assignment (C & G Unit 301)
Here I will discuss the roles and responsibilities of a teacher/instructor. I will cover what is expected and recognised of the role of a teacher/ instructor and how this is leads to the responsibilities of the position. I will look at why responsibility is important to the learner and why it helps in the learner’s success.
I will look at how legislation and codes of practice relate to the role and responsibility of the teacher and how they may affect the learner in a positive and negative way. I will look at equally and diversity and how important it is for the learners and educational environment. This will also link to promoting appropriate behaviour and respect for others and how respect and behaviour affects the learning process and how it affects other learners and teachers.
I will also look at the importance of identifying and meeting the learner’s needs. This will entail diagnostic assessments to gain learning preferences and using them to create learning gaols that will help the learner understand the course and the teacher to be able to set out lesson plans with a target in mind.
Roles and responsibilities in education and training
The role of a teacher is defined by their technical knowledge and the ability to impart knowledge with inspiration and professionalism. A competent teacher will nurture development and understanding of the subject by creating an environment conducive to learning whereby all students will engage and feel free to express themselves regardless of ability.
Most careers are quite challenging and demanding, and teaching is no exception to this. However, it can be very rewarding when you see your learners’ achievements and success, which is a direct result of our contribution. (Gravells, A, page 10)
One of the problems faced by the learner is how difficult it all seems when a learner has not been in education for a while. The aim for the teacher is to aid the learner to develop a sense of responsibility for their own development in learning and help them gently settle into the role of learning.
The role reflects the teachers approach to their job. Preparing teaching activities that help all different types of learners is one of the strategies that need to be prepared. Knowing your learners is crucial to assessing best ways to teach. This can be done by carrying out assessments on learning abilities prior to course.
Identifying and meeting the individual needs of the learner will also help in your role as a teacher. This can be through a VAK test to determine the best way of learning for all individual learners. This aids the teacher to evaluate their own practice in preparing lessons with the aim of getting the full potential of each learner. This will also help to make the teacher aware of support mechanisms that are available. For example if a learner is a kinaesthetic learner, an outside group such as drama or puppetry can be used to physically put a workshop together to run the topic at hand.
Using external practitioners to aid in the learner’s progress should be highly considered as many groups now tailor workshops for the purpose of bringing fresh ideas to the learner. A good network is beneficial to exercising the role of the teacher. External professionals from a diverse area can be used to benefit ones role, for example having contact with the caretaker of a school or college would help in the organisation of a classroom, making sure it is equipped properly. The librarian can offer their service with reading material and the IT department will be beneficial with computer use or projectors.
Recently I ran a class where I needed a studio…