• The Program – The learning program should be understood and well interpreted as well as original programs designed. • Meet the unique needs of learners in your class whilst overcoming barriers – Although all learners in a class are unique, it is difficult to cater for the needs of each individual, the teacher should take the type of group of learners into consideration. For example, learners from low income vs high income communities may have different learning needs.
A teacher should analyse how to overcome these barriers through design and creation of innovative learning programs. • Learning programs should cater for the “whole learner” – the teachers program should include activities that develop the child physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. • Designing a balanced program – the program should allow for a variety of activities namely indoor, outdoor, group activities, free play, quiet or individual etc.
• Planning of classroom and play area – It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure that the classroom is planned and laid out in such a way that there is enough space for a variety of learning and play activities to take place. A teacher should understand how to construct learning environments that are more flexible and individualised. 2. Facilitator of Learning A teacher facilitates all facets of a child’s learning process, examples of this are: • Content- The teacher can design the program according to a weekly theme that is developmentally appropriate, fun and relevant to the learners.
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A sound knowledge of the subject content is essential. • Language – There needs to be appropriate use of language instruction to communicate key concepts. For example a teacher with a strong Afrikaans accent and background would battle to teach correct English language structure and use thereof. • Play and Imitation – The most learning takes place through play, so a teacher should encourage and facilitate this on all levels. Children also learn through intimidating others so the teacher is a model to young learners.
• Teaching strategies – Appropriate learning and teaching strategies should be employed to achieve the desired learner outcomes • Rules and discipline – A teacher should have rules in place for every activity purely for setting boundaries and not for dictating how to play so that a democratic but disciplined atmosphere is created. 3. Assessor This is an integral and important part of being a teaching for it is your responsibility to handle the following aspects:
• Determine strengths and weaknesses and level of development of each child – the overall purpose of an assessment is to determine where the child is developmentally and also to assess whether there are any strengths or weaknesses that are observed that can be focused on and developed further through assistance from the teacher. • Objective assessments – It is the responsibility of the teacher to remain objective at all times while doing assessments for each and every child.
• Teachers learn through assessment – through various assessments a teacher will also find ways where he/she can improve on his/her way of teacher to overcome certain obstacles • • Use different assessment methods – an assessment is not a one off process, it is continuous and various types of assessment should be done as to give a more accurate assessment Guide and assist parents – It is imperative that all the findings from the assessment of a child are interpreted and communicated professionally to the parents and advice offered or guided towards appropriate specialists.
4. Specialist Teacher A teacher can be a specialist in a variety of areas: • Learning area • Subject • Discipline • Phase specialist (eg. Foundation, Primary or High School) 5. Lifelong Learner and Scholar The world is continuously changing, hence this affects teaching and teachers. Without exposure and learning of new ideas and ways of thinking, a teachers teaching style could become stagnant and out dated: • Need to stay abreast of new ways of teaching, educational thinking and curriculum development.
Teacher aids can be very beneficial in a classroom. A lot of the better teachers even need extra help. Having twenty children a day can sometimes be too overwhelming and a teacher may need help with the busy work like grading papers, running errands, and one on one work with the children. A teacher aid can be non teaching and just help students on their projects, listen to them read, or tutor them ...
• Important to be knowledgeable about our diverse population to create cultural awareness. • Continuous development of interpersonal skills. • Development of one’s personal views and standards. • Every teacher should have the ability to do basic research and apply this to educational obstacles 6. Leader, Administrator and Manager Every teacher has responsibilities beyond the classroom: • Classroom management – classroom activity preparation and layout and making sure the class is clean and organised at all times. • Time management • Preparation both before and after lesson time
• A teacher is a leader and a role model for each and every child in his/her class, and also to others in the school for that matter • Paperwork – there are many administrative duties a teacher must fulfill to meet the requirements of the principle and school 7. Citizenship, Community and Pastoral Role Every teacher should be involved in or have the following characteristics: • Communication with parents to discuss the well-being, conduct and progress of their child. This should be done not only when problems arise, but for progress as well.
• A teacher is expected to promote and practice a committed and ethical attitude towards upholding the Constitution and promoting democratic values in schools and society. • Involvement in meaningful interactions between all the components of the community such as other schools, parents, local businesses etc. to develop links between them. • Ability to take initiative and action when dealing with conflict or problems that may arise in the classroom or school while taking steps to ensure the safety of all learners. • Have knowledge of the values and customs of the community.