My Roles As A Teacher Education Essay

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Mentor, learning facilitator, student assessor, curriculum evaluator, curriculum planner, course organizer, lecturer, clinical or practical teacher, on- the- job role model,teaching role model, resource material creator and study guide producer.

Roles of a teacher as seen by many great people such as Khalil Gibran,Lily Tomlin,Dan Rather and William Arthur Ward were mentioned.

Few words on professional teaching standards were included. I researched on the teaching standards of other countries such as England, Australia and Pakistan.

And included some teaching standards which I think would be applicable to Sri Lanka.

Few words on professional code of practice were included.

The advantages of following the professional code of practice and teaching standards were also discussed.

Finally the relevant referred references were mentioned.

C and D) Learner-centred also known as student-centred is a learning style centred around the learners.Here, the learners are supposed to research,explore and expand their knowledge by referring several other sources and teachers would act as a facilitator correcting and guiding them on what they have found.Unlike teacher centred learning which the teacher being the information provider dictating lessons to the class,learner centred learning helps to motivate students on their subject interests, lesson plans, learning styles and abilities.Hence a student does not rely much on the teacher.The traditional method of learning,which is teacher centred,is a one way communication pathway whereas learner centred is a two way communication pathway which helps the students to be innovative and helps bring out their hidden talents to the spot light.They become active learners rather than passive listeners.Hence the rapport between the student and the teacher increases gradually and as a result, the student becomes much confident in learning.

Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and Blooms taxonomy becomes effective in a learner centred environment because the students will be able to identify their own mode of learning and each individual's needs are catered benefitting the whole classroom. This not only benefits the visual type students but also the auditory and the kinaesthetic students.Further it teaches the students to be more versatile, creative, responsible and focussed on the subject matter. A variety of activities such as pair work and group work tends to promote peer communication and opens the door for a more wider understanding on the subject given.The 5E(Engagement,Exploration,Explanation,Elaboration,Evaluation) and the 3P (Presenting,Practicing,Productivity) methodologies are two fine examples of student-centred learning. Considering the many advantages the learner centred environment succeeds in delivering, I believe it's much beneficial to follow the student-centred learning rather than the traditional "jug and mug" theory.

To be a successful teacher in the future, I believe it is my responsibility to understand the needs of learners. According to the theory of Abraham Maslow Hierarchy of Needs, learners require needs such as love, security, recognition, respect, creativity fulfilment and the basic physiological needs. Meeting the needs of learners is a good teaching practice. Every learner differs in their way of learning while seeking knowledge. Some tend to grasp knowledge by visual sense. These students need the aid of graphical representations, figure, charts and visual presentations. Some are auditory and learn fast if they engage in listening and reading activities. Kinesthetic learners need to learn in a more practical manner rather than just sitting in the same place all the time. They learn better through touch and experience. Therefore in order to meet the needs of the above students one should be able to plan their teaching lessons so that the needs of all three different types of learners will be addressed equally without focussing on one type by including practical and other activities rather than teaching in the same monotonous manner. Only then will he/she would be able to fulfil each learner's academic needs.

According to Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligence,each individual possesseither linguistic, musical,logical-mathematical,spatial,intrapersonal, bodily-kinesthetic or interpersonal intelligence.Therefore, understanding the intelligences among each learner will help meet their needs successfully.For instance,if a student possessing musical intelligence is weak in a language,the teacher might help the student learn language by the use of musical notes.As a result,the student might be successful in learning language.But if the teacher is unable to recognise such intelligenceamong the students, it's likely that the learner's needs are not met.Hence the students might get demotivated and ultimately fall into a state of depression.

Some children have a specific learning difficulty.For instance,difficulty in writing letters(dysgraphia),difficulty in coping with numbers(dyscalculia) or reading(dyslexia).Often these learners tend to be normal appearing to understand ideas and join in other activities.As a result, it takes years for the adults to identify such learning difficulties.Identifying the problem is the most important step to get the right help and support.If there are concerns,the school may offer extra help using different learning styles to suit the child's specific needs.If a student tends to be a slow learner yet enthusiastic in learning,the teacher should be able to identify the learner's need and try explaining the subject matter again or keep extra classes and raise the spirit of the learner.

For learners having ADHD i.e, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, planning structured programmes aimed at gradually lengthening the child's concentration span and ability to focus on tasks will help meet the learner's needs for education.If necessary care and attention such as being consistent in the handling and managing of the child is given to the childrensuffering from Asperger syndrome and Autism,it can be a factor of improving the condition while meeting their needs.

When meeting the needs of learners,it does not imply only on academic needs but also the factors which may cause disturbances when learning. for instance,if a student has problems on auditory sense or vision, the teacher should make the learner sit on the front row of the class or if a learner is being constantly nagged by his/her friend while concentrating,the teacher should be able to create a peaceful environment for both of them while resolving the problem between the two of them.Such approaches in the classroom create a friendly atmosphere which helps in enhancing the mutual understanding between both the student and the teacher. If a learner's needs are not met and go unnoticed, he/she might show less interest on learning and as a result, the grades may drop drastically. It is at this point that we should understand what had gone wrong rather than criticizing the student and try to help them so as to make sure that their needs are met.

The above mentioned facts indicate how important it is to meet the needs of different learners and to motivate them.Aristotle once mentioned, "Those who educate children well are more to be honoured than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well."

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P1.1

Review professional standards and codes of practice in teaching and learning

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Analyse own responsibility in identifying the needs of learners

P1.3

Explain ways of meeting the needs of learners in planning teaching and learning

P2.1

Analyse learning and teaching strategies used in own specialist area

P2.2

Analyse how to select approaches to learning and teaching to meet the needs of learners

P2.3

Explain ways to engage and motivate learners

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P1.1

Review professional standards and codes of practice in teaching and learning

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Analyse own responsibility in identifying the needs of learners

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Explain ways of meeting the needs of learners in planning teaching and learning

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Analyse learning and teaching strategies used in own specialist area

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Analyse how to select approaches to learning and teaching to meet the needs of learners

P2.3

Explain ways to engage and motivate learners

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