The Role of the Teacher in a Classroom. The Role of a good teacher has a large


The Role of a good teacher has a large range in the classroom. The range can stay within its four walls or encourage learning out. Each teacher has their own style, preference, and goals. While every class and teacher is different, there are some of the same goals. How a teacher introduces the learning process to a child will highly influence the learning that takes place under this teacher. If a teacher is excited, creative, motivated and prepared, the student will see the importance to the teacher and this will greatly affect the attitudes and motivation of her students. Let’s look at three areas we believe to be important roles of any teacher. The first role of the teacher would be: “Teaching to the Needs of the Students,”

This is the first and most important step in any class. The teacher must take the time to evaluate the students and understand the needs, desires, and areas of interest and knowledge of the language to be taught. The teacher can then plan lessons appropriate to fit the needs of her class. Creativity is especially important when teaching small students or students who are just beginning to embark upon a new language. The interest and learning capacity of the class is also the responsibility of the teacher to investigate. She must not only be teaching the materials but also evaluate if the topic being taught is understood and on the correct level. A simple skills test given after each section is a perfect way to check for understanding. Grouping students of different levels is also a way to help the more timid/slower students to learn and participate. A teacher must also be able to see if there is a need for her change techniques or plans in order to best fit the students’ needs. A teacher must be flexible in the class and allow for this change. The second area is to “Encourage, Motivate, and Build Confidence in the Classroom.”

Nothing will encourage students more than for them to see the teacher enjoying teaching them. There will be days when it really seems like things are not getting through. If a student sees you, the teacher, participating and down on the students level, then they will be relaxed and not likely to hesitate to respond even if they are not sure of something. Asking the right kind of questions after each item is another way of building encouragement and motivates students to participate. Simple questions to those who may struggle and more complicated ones to those with more ability. Confidence can usually be read on the faces of your students, a good teacher can tell if students are gaining knowledge or need further explanation. Building confidence, motivation and encouraging students is a vital role in any learning process. No matter what age students everyone enjoys a word of praise or a pat on the back sometime. Trouble- shooting and problem solving is also a factor that will promote and build confidence in students if they see the teacher interested in problems and solving them together. The third and final area we will look at is: “Being a Role Model” to the students.

There are many things under this heading, how you handle your class, your attitude about teaching, being prepared, being available, listening and discipline, are all under the microscope of your students. Coming to class dressed professional and looking the part of a teacher says volumes about the attitude towards your profession. In these modern days of equal rights and not much distinguishing between the sexes, there is still much to be said about a person by their appearance. First impressions DO matter. No matter whether you’re teaching a class of small children or business professionals you need to look the part and dress with confidence. Students will be spending much time with you and like it or not, you are a type of Ambassador to your profession. Students will base a large majority of their opinion about teachers in general just by your look at response. From how a discipline problem is handled, to how not doing homework is handled all this, will set a standard in the minds of the students. The reaping and sowing proverb is true, if the teacher comes to class prepared, with good attitude, cheerful countenance, and a desire to teach, the students will pick up on this and their minds will be set to conquer the task that is laid before them.

What are the Roles of a Good Teacher'

First: Teach to the Needs of the Student.

Second: Encourage, motivate and build confidence.

Third: Be a Role Model.

Sources: The Art of Teaching in a Christian School (Bob Jones University)

New Headway English Course. (Oxford University Press) International TEFL Teacher Training Course.