Role of a Teacher or Trainer
Teaching as a profession is often considered straightforward enough. However, there are many facets to one’s job as a teacher, and each facet manifests itself as a particular responsibility or role of a teacher. Thus, there are many roles and responsibilities of a teacher which they must fulfill in order to adequately do their job.
The first role of a teacher involves controlling the class. A classroom is the teacher’s domain, and complete control of this environment falls to the teacher. Control does not just involve keeping students in line, however. Control means responsibility, and part of this responsibility is ensuring that the material is being taught in a manner that is engaging to the students and allows them to take full advantage of their time in class.
Another role of a teacher is that they must fulfill involves prompting the students while they are performing their necessary educational activities and providing suggestions regarding what direction students should take. Maintaining this role is important, and performing it involves a subtle balance. It is important not to give students all of the conclusions that they would need to come to and to allow them to work out problems on their own, but at the same time it is important to help them when they hit a roadblock or when they are facing a particularly difficult problem.
Additionally, as a teacher it is very important that you make yourself available to your students as a support. There are many resources that a student is going to need in order to acquire a high quality education. Books are such a resource, as is the internet. However, perhaps the single most important resource for students is their teacher. Hence, you must ensure that you possess all of the knowledge and skills that your students are going to need in order to get the most significant educational experience possible from you.
One of the most important role of a teacher is that you will have to assess the abilities of your students. Doing this job correctly will involve no small amount of effort on your part. You will have to work hard to assess your students fairly, taking into account any special learning requirements they might have. It is also very important to assess your students in a manner that would allow them to undertake the next level of education adequately. Allowing students that are not ready for the next level to get through could result in a lot of problems, mostly involving the students’ inability to handle the difficulty level of the next stage in their education. Remember, there are different types of assessment which occur at different stages of a course e.g. Diagnostic / initial assessment can happen even before the students enter the classroom or at least before the teaching and learning begins. Formative assessment happens throughout the course where the teacher is observing, asking questions and providing feedback. Summative assessment happens at the end of the course or lesson and focuses on measuring the total knowledge gained at the appropriate level.
Often, it is important for a teacher to take on a more passive role in the class. This role involves becoming more of a participant and letting your students regulate themselves. Often, it is found that the best way to learn is to teach others, and by allowing yourself to become a participant in your own class and allowing your students to take control for a short period of time would allow your class to progress a great deal. These concepts are manifested in student-centred methods like peer assessment, peer observation and groupwork.
In essence, becoming a good teacher involves finding a balance between all of these roles. In any given situation, a particular role might be the role that you have to focus on, but in general a teacher needs to have as many of these roles being fulfilled during their day-to-day work as possible in order to be as effective as possible.
The role of a teacher or trainer is complex. If you are a teacher and you want your students to get the best experience possible from you, try to incorporate all of these varying roles and responsibilities into your teaching style and you will find that your job will become a lot easier.