The role of a teacher in today’s world is a complex and diverse one. It is to provide intellectual and social development, to have integrity, to be honest and to always provide appropriate conduct in the classroom and the community.
In addition to these attributes, the role of a teacher is to acquire professionalism and ethics and abide by their own moral code and that of their school, while maintaining a commitment to confidentiality between students, colleagues and the community.
A very prominent role of a successful teacher is to plan and implement learning activities that will benefit the intellectual needs of all students. Some guidelines for the teacher to teach the curriculum would be to have suitable and appropriate content and process in the classroom, to have resources which complement the content areas, to make the curriculum appealing to the imagination and to hold children’s interest, and the structure of a discipline. Taking into consideration that there may be many different learning abilities,
styles and behaviours of students in the one classroom. When a teacher knows their students well they will understand their capabilities, strengths and weaknesses and to acknowledge and support those needs.
A modern day teacher should be at the forefront of new technologies and have a continual appreciation for learning. Professional development is the process by which teachers achieve higher professional competence and expand their understanding of self, role, context and career.
The following is an additional check list of guidelines for an effective educator and emphasizes the role of the teacher in the classroom today:
Listening – students need to be acknowledged as valuable contributors, this is a very positive experience for a student.
Clarifying – ensure that instructions are understood.
Encouraging – reassurance to the student that you understand their message.