As I have found out that the teaching profession is both exciting and extremely challenging since it consists in dealing with young people who need inspiration and motivation in their lives. Therefore, the main role of a teacher is to educate learners of any age and from any background, encourage, inspire and motivate them.
The days when the teacher was seen only as someone who teaches a certain subject to a class full of students are already gone. Nowadays, teachers can serve many roles within a school environment and they can bring to life a variety of subjects with the significant help of interactive technologies.
In my opinion, some of the most important roles that a teacher can have during the teaching-learning process are:
⁕ Facilitator – The teacher facilitates the learning by guiding, helping, and providing a favorable environment to make learning easier. They give knowledge and information, appropriate to the level of pupils in a very simple and clear way so that students can conceptualize and learn the new information. From this role derive all the other roles of a teacher.
⁕ Resource – A teacher is a resource specialist who must know how to find what the students are looking for, and who offers help if needed, providing learners with whatever they lack when performing speaking activities. In other words, teachers must be a mix between Google and YouTube, searching, saving, and compellingly distributing information.
⁕ Organizer – The success of many activities depends on good organization; precise instructions are vital in this role because students must know exactly what they are to do next. This role allows the teacher to open and close activities, but also to get involved when needed. There is no use in being a participant, instead of an organizer, because there is a risk of dominating the activity when performing.
⁕ Assessor – This role allows teachers to find out how well the students understand and also to correct learners. However, the feedback and the correction provided should be communicated with delicacy, support, and sensitivity, or else it might harm students’ self-esteem.
⁕ Role model – Being a teacher goes beyond teaching, as they have a certain level of influence on pupils, due to the amount of time children spend with teachers every week. Therefore, teachers may become external parents, mentors who help set the students on the right path by encouraging them to be the best they can be and also by being a source of inspiration and advice to them. Children look up to adults in their lives, so it is all about character building.
⁕ And last, but not least, a teacher must have the role of a LEARNER; there is always something new to learn, whether it is from students, a book, or a course. A learner is a person who wants to grow in life and not pretend that they know it all. Teachers are people with both educational and leadership skills and they should take advantage of every chance they get to improve themselves as teachers and as human beings.
Regardless of the roles we take, teachers shape the students, improve their learning, and influence practice and production. To do that, we need to know the student, the content, and the place; we have to lead by example, set clear goals, stay curious, humble, and positive all the time. A good teacher leads the students and creates a democratic environment in the classroom to give equal chances for the children to improve themselves, and to create equal opportunities to learn.