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Role of the Teacher Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend,
Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend, Mentor ' This article has been prepared after reading through various materials available on the internet describing the role of teacher and its importance in the child's learning process.
In all the countries today teaching is considered one of the most respected professions. The main reason being that the role of a teacher in a child's education is of utmost important to ensure that the children are well prepared and ready to face the world when the time comes. Teaching now a day's does not consists just lecturing the students who sit in rows at desks in a classroom, dutifully listening and recording what they hear, but rather offers every child an opportunity for a rich, rewarding and unique learning experience. The educational environment is not just confined to the classroom but instead extends into the home, the community and around the world.
The teachers have to play a variety of roles during the teaching process. They are the adviser, a role model, a friend and a mentor to the students who look at them with utmost respect. But all these roles and relationship needs to be based on one common goal i.e. to advance the education and personal growth of the students. The teacher can also benefit from this enormously as it gives a great sense of achievement and pride when they see the students succeed in the various stages of the learning process. Apart from that teacher gains invaluable experience in the teaching process and learn better ways to tackle the various issues and situations faced by the students more effectively.
There is no single method or formula for effective teaching as the learning processes are as varied as human, culture relationships and behavior. Different students require different amount and kind of attention, advice, information and encouragement. Some students feel comfortable approaching the teacher whereas others will feel shy, intimidated or reluctant to seek help. A good teacher always ensures that they are approachable and available whenever the students need them. More than often students will not know what questions to ask, what information they need or what are their options. A good teacher can lessen this confusion by getting to know the students and being familiar with the kinds of suggestions and information that can be useful. An experienced teacher equipped with good knowledge and teaching materials can provide great help to the students in the learning process by guiding them with the right suggestions, asking the right questions and helping them in asking the right questions according to their needs.
Good teachers adapt and adopt new practices that assist in both the art and science of learning. They understand that the essence of education is a close relationship between a knowledgeable, caring adult and a secure, motivated child. They know that their most important role is to get to know each student as an individual in order to comprehend his or her unique needs, learning style, social and cultural backgrounds, interests and abilities. The teacher's job is to counsel students as they grow and mature, helping them integrate their social, emotional and intellectual growth. The most respected teachers have found out how to make students passionate participants by careful listening, keeping in touch, encouraging, entertaining, building trust and mutual respect and understanding. They make a sincere effort to know, accept and respect the goals and interest of the students and in the mean time guide them, advice them and mentor them during the learning process. They know that in order to make the students understand the importance of their education and take responsibility for the same, the curriculum must relate to their lives and the learning activities must engage their natural curiosity. The tests, exams and assessments must be a true measure of their progress and form an integral part of the learning process.
Apart from their primary responsibility of teaching and helping the students learning, teachers can also take on other roles in schools and in their profession. They can work with colleagues, family members, academics, community members, employers and others to set clear and achievable standards for the knowledge, skills, and values we should expect children to acquire. They can participate in day-to- day decision making in schools and try to deal with any issues that affect their students´ learning.
Continuous re-evaluation and reinvention of the role of teachers in and out of the classroom is the need of today's time and can result in significantly better schools and better-educated students.