13 Aug 2018
Responsibilities of a teacher or trainer
A teacher or trainer is someone who inspires you to learn. They develop your personal, academic and social abilities in order to make sure that you take responsibility to help you develop yourself. The responsibilities of a teacher or trainer are numerous. They help you grasp new concepts in accordance with your individual learner needs. They help you study effectively and provide a protected and supportive learning system.
Enforcement of organisation policies and procedures
This section is probably the most crucial of all responsibilities of a teacher or trainer. Knowing about and adhering to legislation and organisational policies makes sure that a teacher or trainer stays within legal boundaries.
Students have the right to question their educational institute about their personal information held by their school. The school has to keep every individual’s information private. This includes the student’s personal details, religion, ethnic background or race, health and political opinions. Also, results are uploaded online that can only be accessed by the students only. Moreover, teachers or the school must always seek the guardians’ permission before taking pictures or recording videos of students during school events.
Schools also keep a regular check on the health and safety of the students. This includes the indoor temperature of the school which should be at least 16ºC or 13ºC if the students are doing any physical activity.
The school has to report to the parents of the child if any serious accident takes place. In addition, the code of conduct followed by teachers includes setting goals for students and to plan and teach well-methodised lessons.
Prevent duty basically includes protecting children from potential risks, for instance, drugs, sexual exploitation, neglects and other negative aspects that can possibly take place in schools. Prevent duty also takes into account to educate students about the risks associated to terrorism and help the children from age 0-5 in personal, social and emotional development.
Preparation and management of learning
The main idea behind effective teaching is to keep every student on the same wavelength. Teachers are provided with various instructional strategies and are expected to give feedback regarding them to the management. They set up classroom or ground rules to minimise the chances of disturbance made by the students. The rules are positively stated, easy to understand and should be applicable in numerous educational contexts. So the ground rules should be applicable to classroom behaviour but also school trips, lunchtimes and extra-curricular activities. Teachers and trainers should use psychologically proven methods and techniques to control different behaviours of students which include positive and negative reinforcers.
However, no matter how good you are at supervising children, it is nearly impossible to eliminate classroom behavioural problems completely. In fact, the most common reason of teachers or trainers disserting their profession is due to rowdy, unruly classrooms! The idea is to do your best, keep your knowledge and skills updated and seek help and training from your peers and others.
Assessment and record-keeping
Planning for assessments is another key objective of creating a benchmark of effective teaching. Keeping in mind the aims, objectives and core values of the educational system the assessments are planned. The planned objectives have to match the level of the students’ abilities.
The objective of recording the grades of assessments are merely to keep a check on the achievements and setbacks of every student. This helps the teachers to brush up their areas of expertise and to assist them with their weaknesses. The records are updated regularly. This helps to keep all the students on the same page as some of them learn more than the objectives planned and some do less. The recorded progress is also passed on to the next teacher that has to teach those particular children in the next session.
Working with others
Working with others involves spending time collaborating with other teachers or trainers, communicating and helping one another to develop. This includes trusting each other to form a powerful bond and to openly share your thoughts with. Also, mutual respect is required because it makes you feel that all your ideas and opinions are valued. One should always be ready to accept change, especially in a teaching environment. Diversity helps one in growing professionally. Peer observations and feedback can be valuable tools for a teacher or trainer’s growth. Contributing to the observations and development of colleagues is one of the key responsibilities of a teacher.
In addition, a trainer may have to work, communicate and collaborate with students’ families or employers, their own employers and internal and external verifiers to name a few.
To communicate effectively
Communication is to get your message through verbally and non-verbally. A teacher’s main job is to let his/her students absorb the message that is being delivered to them for which outstanding communication skill are required. The teacher should be well versed at the subject they teach. The teachers should firstly believe that whatever they have studied is now outdated and should have the proficiency of the technological advancements. However, digital communication is greatly reducing the need to teach by being present physically. The communication skills and body language have operated differently in digital teaching as the teacher is not physically present while the lesson is being taught. In those communications the tone of writing, use of language and graphics then replaces the cues you would pick up in direct communication. Secondly, the teachers must do their own SWOT analysis in order to satisfactorily meet the students' needs via a digital platform and should make an effort to address all their weaknesses, if any.
Teachers/trainers not only have to communicate with the students but also with their parents and the school management. The teachers have to have verbal and written contact with the parents concerning the weaknesses and strengths of the students. This is to let the guardians know about the personal and academic progress of their students or employee. Also, dialogue with colleagues is important as it helps every teacher to develop professionally because it gives a chance to plan coaching in a better way. Moreover, group work helps in bringing up innovative ideas and to plan the syllabus more appropriately.