The Roles and Responsibilities of the Teacher
There are many roles and responsibilities of the teacher, these have somewhat changed
from my experiences at school. Teachers would stand at the front of the classroom and
deliver a lesson using only the blackboard and chalk. The teacher was considered the
As I explore the various roles and responsibilities of the teacher I will show the importance
of ensuring the student is given varied tools and opportunities in order to learn and
progress through education and life.
A teacher is not just someone who delivers curriculum content to learner's. The
responsibilities stretch as far as safeguarding children. For example if I thought a student
was suffering abuse at home or was homeless it is my duty to report this to the
safeguarding representative in college. I as a ...view middle of the document...
The best teachers I have had through school and college would draw upon their own
experiences in order to deliver information. Not only did this sometimes simplify situations
or learning processes but it also made learning relevant. Kolb (1984) supports this theory,
he states: ' Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the
transformation of experience.'
Kolb's process also says that after experience follows reflection on that experience on a
personal basis. This links to my opinion of this theory providing relevance and simplicity.
This also helps teachers confidently motivate and encourage their learner's by stimulating
their students mind because 'it is they who provide the impetus and stimulus that are the
beginning of many a research project (Henry Clay Lindgren p.13).
The more teachers can vary their learning the more likely all students will benefit from this,
if all students sat in front of a blackboard in rows and just listened to the teacher, not all
learner's would understand so ' if the teacher talks to students some might benefit, but
others may not' (Reece & Walker p.3).
By playing with lesson styles and incorporating Kolb's theory of learning teachers will
deliver a much more interesting way of learning which in turn will motivate learner's to get
the best out of the lesson: ' In order to be motivated to learn, students have to be
interested in their work' (Reece & Walker p.6).
In conclusion the statement 'the roles and responsibilities of the teacher' is defined in
many different ways, some of which I haven't even discussed. In my opinion Safeguarding
and learning techniques are two very important aspects in the role of a teacher, both of
which have given me the knowledge and understanding to become a successful educator.
Reece, I & Walker, S (2006) Teaching,training & learning A practical guide.
Henry Clay Lindgren (1974) Educational Psychology in the Classroom.