1.1 Explain the Teaching Role and responsibilities in Education and Training.
A teacher’s main role is to motivate their learners, to develop their ability and ambition to learn. Their role is not just about teaching their subject or preparing learners for assessment, the focus of their role relates to inspiring their learners to change and develop their personal, social and professional skills to the best of their ability and to empower their learners to understand how to take responsibility for their own development. Teachers do this by planning and preparing teaching and learning activities that give an explanation for the needs and well-being of individual learners. They carry out initial and/or diagnostic assessments with clear communication with their learners, other professionals, and stakeholders by promoting appropriate behavior and respect for others. They have to identify meeting individual learners’ needs, being aware of the support methods available. Teachers have to be organized, reflective, and learn from successes as well as mistakes.
Their main responsibility is to confirm that learners are enrolled in the correct course, in terms of meeting their needs, abilities, ambitions and an organization’s requirements. In order to do this teachers are responsible for promoting a safe supportive learning environment as well as promoting equality and diversity. They also have to follow legislation, regulatory requirements and codes of practice and be professional at all times to inspire their learners. Another responsibility is contributing to a team of professionals in order to improve the experience and achievement of their learners.
1.2 Summarise Key aspects of legislation, regulatory requirements, and codes of practice relating to own role and responsibilities.
Teachers always have to protect themselves by following the rules of the code of practice. They must set an example for their students and must not discriminate, abuse (physically or verbally), dress inappropriately, or be late or messy. The Code of Professional Practice comes in support of all teachers as guidance to how to be a good teacher. In a continually changing society, the profession of teaching is becoming more complex and important. In order to keep up with the changes, they need to ensure that they meet the highest possible standards. They also must be committed to their own professional learning, seeking to expand their skills and to deepen their knowledge as a teacher. The Confidentiality and Data Protection Act (1998) are very important legislations for a teacher. Learners expect teachers to respect and protect the confidentiality, confidential information includes personal details. A teacher shouldn’t share any information regarding learners unless the situation requires it, they have to follow the policies and procedures of the organizations they are working for and follow their codes of practice. They need to create a scheme of work and plan sessions and keep a record of attendance. Maintain records of progress. Basically, they need to identify the needs of the learner, plan the learning, facilitate the learner, access them and eventually qualify them.
1.3 Explain ways to promote Equality and Diversity.
Equality and diversity is the idea of promoting and accepting the differences between people. Equality is about ensuring individuals are treated fairly and equally, no matter their race, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation. Diversity is about recognizing and respecting these differences to create an all-inclusive atmosphere.
Promoting equality and diversity in education is necessary for both teachers and learners. The aim is to create an environment where all students can succeed together and understand that individual characteristics make people unique and not ‘different’ in a negative way. Ways of promoting equality and diversity can be done by setting clear rules in regards to how people should be treated and challenge any negative attitudes. Creating an all-inclusive culture for the learners is important, planning lessons that reflect the diversity of the classroom and ensuring that all learners have equal access to opportunities and participation. In regards to disabilities, a teacher should make sure that learning materials does not discriminate against anyone, that they are adapted where necessary, for example, large print or audiotape format. A teacher should use a variety of teaching methods and assessment methods, ensuring policies and procedures don’t discriminate against anyone.
1.4 Explain why it is important to identify and meet individual learner needs.
Every teacher must believe and understand that all their learners should gain equal hopes, education and future ambitions from their learning. The teacher must know that they will meet learners with different dynamics during their teaching career. Some will learn fast, and others will be slower, but they will teach learners that are challenged or disabled in some way. It is important that a teacher identifies and meets the needs of every learner without discrimination by identifying their learner’s weaknesses and apply actions to overcome them. Their learners should secure education without any barriers, this safeguards that the challenged learners do not feel left out or discriminated from the rest.
Learners are usually experiencing the process of understanding their skills. The teacher should be experienced enough to tell that a certain learner has a particular skill or talent. Skills and talents become needs too because they require nurturing to develop, once the teacher identifies them and provides the essential support to develop them, they help the learners to discover and grow them.
Once a teacher identifies and meets individual learner needs, it boosts their morale and encourages them. Some learners do not gain much from a lot of instruction, but it can help many to understand and grab educational concepts. This may be found in mathematics and art. If a learner feels supported by their teacher, they will develop rather than lose interest in learning.
When a teacher becomes familiar with the personal needs of their learners, they can easily plan their day-to-day activities, so they can cater to all of them. The teacher will know how to plan the timetable for maybe counseling, individual tutoring, group interactions and general supervision. This means, each activity has an aim that caters for the needs of a certain learner, and so by the end of the day, every learner’s needs are fully met.
Organizing the classroom in a certain way is recognizing the needs of each learner. Those that need more instruction can sit closer to the teacher. If a learner has visual difficulties, the teacher can sit him or her closer to the blackboard/whiteboard/flipchart. They can also sit near a door or window where there is more light. By recognizing these small, but important details in their learners, it frees them up to deliver effective education that is supportive and understanding for their class. Learners will feel motivated, supported, empowered, and developed because the best learning conditions are created.
2.1 Explain ways to maintain a safe supportive learning environment.
A positive, safe and supportive classroom is one of the most important parts of teaching. It provides learners with the one place that they feel safe. One way of doing this is by giving them a sense of community, by giving the learners a chance at engaging in a conversation, and/or allowing only one person to talk at a time during a discussion. This could improve communication, teamwork and build a sense of community and inclusion.
Classroom rules must be set and don’t back down on the standards. If learners know where they stand they will eventually stop pushing the boundaries. Once the rules are set the teacher shouldn’t let things slide. All learners do succeed when there is a routine and stability. A teacher must remain Calm at All Times, even when they are having a bad day the teacher’s mood sets the tone for the whole class. A teacher must try and avoid being remembered as a miserable teacher. They must always have a smile on your every morning when the learners come in and laugh with them to make them feel comfortable.
2.2 Explain why it is important to promote appropriate behavior and respect for others.
As a Teacher, it is part of the role and responsibility to promote the right behavior and respect. The learning environment can be challenging and if appropriate behavior is not addressed, it will interfere with the learning process which will create a negative response, by demotivating the teacher and the learner. By building around a strong introduction, agreeing and establishing negotiable ground rules, for example, tea breaks, timekeeping and non-negotiable ground rules such as health and safety, according to (Gravels 2013), “should form a two-way process and underpin appropriate behavior and respect for everyone in the group.” All learners should feel safe to express their opinion. Inequality and discrimination should be challenged to guarantee fairness and respect between learners. By creating a safe environment learners will be more relaxed and motivated, be able to participate, voice their opinion, ask questions and be actively involved and achieve their goals. By the use of inclusion with Learners through demonstration and observation, learners can become more fully involved. This promotes positive behavior and respect with the learners.
3.1 Explain how the teaching role involves working with other professionals.
It is important when you work with other professionals in an organization that you understand the roles of everybody else who works within the collective; because during the time you are working and teaching, you may call upon another professional who has more expertise in a subject or situation you are not familiar with and they can support you.
3.2 Explain boundaries between the teaching role and other professional roles.
A teacher must know where the teacher role stops. They must not get personally involved with a learner or show favoritism to one or more. The teacher must remain professional, act with integrity and act with impartiality. These boundaries are the challenges a teacher might face.
3.3 Describe points of referral to meet individual needs of learners
Theories of Learning
Although I don’t think my attempt at this assignment is very good, I tried my best, but I could have done better. The Theories of Learning that I associate with is all three, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. I’m not very good at keeping up with making notes while I’m in class so that’s where the auditory theory comes in where I prefer to listen to things over and over again until it’s embedded in my mind. I guess that if I was to take a class of learners I would incorporate all three to give the learners a universal experience.