Teacher! The name which we hear a lot in our day to day life. We also know that what part our teachers played in our life and we will always be indebted to them for the life which we live. Take a minute and think about your teachers who helped you in moldingand shaping yourlife. If you get reminded of the teacher that means, yes they taught you very well and they play an important role in your life. When I think about past I also feel that there were few teachers who had an impact in my life and they changed my life enormously. How did this happen and how can we realize the same? These questions will be answered briefly in the blog.
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”
Before knowing more in detail about role of a teacher we will know a bit about learning and teaching.Teaching includes all the activities of providing education to other. The person who provides education is called teacher. The teacher uses different methods for giving best knowledge to his student’s .They try their best to make understand students. Their duty is to encourage students to learn the subjects. Teaching means interaction of teacher and students. They participate for their mutual benefits. Both have their own objective and target is to achieve them. Many great teachers of world define teaching in different way and we can say that teaching is just to train the students so that they can stand on their own foot in society. Teacher helps in enhancing our knowledge and shares their experience of life. There are two ways of learning
1) Learn from your personal experience.
2) Learn from experience of other.
We can learn from our own experience but it take a long time and we pay a price for that learning. But if we learn from others experience then we don’t need to pay the price for learning and we can learn at very early stages. A teacher not only gives us bookish knowledge but also gives us practical example and makes us learn from that.
“Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?”
Duties of Teacher-
The role of teacher is often formal and ongoing, carried out at a school or other place of formal education. Teachers, like other professionals, may have to continue their education after they qualify, a process known as continuing professional development. Teachers may use a lesson plan to facilitate student learning, providing a course of study which is called the curriculum.
A teacher’s role may vary among cultures. Teachers may provide instruction in literacy and numeracy, craftsmanship or vocational training, the arts, religion, civics, community roles, or life skills.
The ways teachers can lead are as varied as teachers themselves.
Teacher leaders assume a wide range of roles to support school and student success. Whether these roles are assigned formally or shared informally, they build the entire school’s capacity to improve. Because teachers can lead in a variety of ways, many teachers can serve as leaders among their peers.
So what are some of the leadership options available to teachers? The following 5 roles are a sampling of the many ways teachers can contribute to their schools’ success.
Teachers help their colleagues by sharing instructional resources. These might include Web sites, instructional materials, readings, or other resources to use with students. They might also share such professional resources as articles, books, lesson or unit plans, and assessment tools.
2. Instructional Specialist
An instructional specialist helps colleagues implement effective teaching strategies. This help might include ideas for differentiating instruction or planning lessons in partnership with fellow teachers. Instructional specialists might study research-based classroom strategies (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001); explore which instructional methodologies are appropriate for the school; and share findings with colleagues.
Facilitating professional learning opportunities among staff members is another role for teacher leaders. When teachers learn with and from one another, they can focus on what most directly improves student learning. Their professional learning becomes more relevant, focused on teachers’ classroom work, and aligned to fill gaps in student learning. Such communities of learning can break the norms of isolation present in many schools.
Serving as a mentor for novice teachers is a common role for teacher leaders. Mentors serve as role models; acclimate new teachers to a new school; and advise new teachers about instruction, curriculum, procedure, practices, and politics. Being a mentor takes a great deal of time and expertise and makes a significant contribution to the development of a new professional.
“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students.”
Being a school leader means serving on a committee, such as a school improvement team; acting as a grade-level or department chair; supporting school initiatives; or representing the school on community or district task forces or committees. A school leader shares the vision of the school, aligns his or her professional goals with those of the school and district, and shares responsibility for the success of the school as a whole.
Importance of Teacher according to research:-
- There are huge variations in teacher effectiveness. Some teachers are really good at getting their students to learn, and others are not.
- Teacher quality matters so much that a student is likely better off in a bad school with a good teacher than in a good school with a bad teacher.
- You can find ineffective teachers in good schools and effective teachers in bad schools. But struggling schools tend to have more ineffective and inexperienced teachers.
- Students of the most effective teachers make excellent academic progress regardless of their prior achievement levels, while students in the classrooms of the least effective teachers do not progress well.
- As the level of teacher effectiveness increases, the lowest–achieving students are the first to benefit.
- Having a high–quality teacher throughout elementary school can substantially offset or even eliminate the disadvantage of low socio-economic background. If poor children consistently got great teachers, the achievement gap could disappear.
- The effects of bad teaching last. Even if a student eventually gets great teachers, those who had ineffective teachers in the past continue to lag behind their peers. “Although an effective teacher can facilitate excellent academic gain in students during the years in which they are assigned to them,” writes researcher William Sanders, “the residual effects of… ineffective teachers were measurable two years later, regardless of the effectiveness of teachers in later grades”.
“Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives.”
Contributed by Kandarp Gandhi, (Class of 2014, IBS Mumbai)