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Although the role of a teacher seems like a simple topic to discuss, it’s actually far more complicated than most people give it credit for. The role of a teacher is pivotal to the students for a myriad of reasons. Based on how the teacher holds themselves in the classroom, it will directly correlate with the amount each student learns, and the amount of respect each student has for the teacher. The teacher needs to be in complete control of the classroom at all times, in order to ensure they have the respect and attention of the entire class. The teacher should also be a resource when and how the student’s need them to be. By doing so the teacher can guide the student’s down a more self-efficient method of studying and learning. The teacher can accomplish this by instructing the student’s, and teaching them, how to how to use available resources on their own, and in their own time, that way the student’s train themselves not to rely on the teacher completely. Another pivotal role of the teacher is to assess the student’s performance and progress, as well as to give constructive feedback. ALL feedback should be constructive. A teacher should never break the students down with condescending feedback. The teacher should discuss any mistakes the student’s may have made, but also tell them the things they did right. If it’s not communicated with sensitivity and support, it could prove counter-productive and affect the student’s self-esteem in a negative way, thus affecting the student’s desire to learn. Another major factor for a teacher is establishing rapport with the student’s, and even co-workers. It’s the teachers responsibility to reach out to each individual student to not only learn about them, but also to gauge each individual students skill level and overall ability to accomplish the task at hand. This is actually one of the greatest factors in improving the student’s desire to learn and participate. In order for students to perform curriculum-based tasks, such as participating during class, they have to feel comfortable enough in the classroom to do so. By establishing rapport and building a relationship with each individual student, it puts the students mind at ease, and it also makes it much easier for them to approach you for help. I’ve had years of personal experience in the teaching field, although it wasn’t a traditional school setting. I’ve been a Martial Arts instructor for over ten years now, and even though it’s not a traditional school setting, a Dojo is still an educational environment. At the end of the day, a dojo has an instructor, curriculum that needs to be taught, and students who are there to learn that curriculum. So it is very similar to a traditional school setting in that regard. I’ve taught hundreds of students over the years, ranging from a wide variety of ages. I’ve taught toddlers (2-3 years of age), to elderly (90+ years of age). The principles of the teacher are the same no matter the age of the student’s being taught. The role of the teacher never changes. The teacher is essentially the tip of the spear. A fixed point that is unshakable in their morals and reasons for teaching. A good teacher however, should be able to adapt their teaching methods according to each individual students ability and/or needs. A teacher should also never show favoritism in any way, shape, or form, and should always dispense knowledge evenly and accordingly. Again, the teacher and/or instructor should be able to adapt their teaching methods to match the needs of the students, both as a whole, and individually. A good teacher should be able to break down each lesson plan in a myriad of ways, in order to ensure that they can get each student to understand and process the information being discussed. To the best of my knowledge, due to personal experience as an instructor, that is what I believe the role of the teacher is within the classroom.