1. Describe what your role, responsibilities and boundaries would be as a teacher in terms of the teaching/training cycle.
My role as a teacher
In her book Preparing to teach in the Lifelong Learning sector 2011 (P9), Ann Gravells explains that “Your main role as a teacher should be to teach your subject in a way that actively involves and engages your students during every session.” Beyond this, my role as a teacher of business management extends to firstly being an exemplar of good management practice, behaviour and conduct. I would need to be a positive role model to my students in interpersonal relationships, organisation, time management, leadership and other aspects of the role of a manager. My role as a teacher also extends to
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I might also purchase appropriate support materials such as management styles questionnaires, DVDs etc. If the course was an existing one, I would review the course content to ensure that it was inclusive, contextualised to the learners’ experience, compatible with the learning styles of the learners and at an appropriate academic level to both meet assessment criteria and meet the varying learning needs of the learners. If necessary, I would need to tailor the course providing additional support for the differing academic levels of the learners I might consult internal verifiers or other colleagues to ensure that my course content was appropriate and engaging for the learners. I have often piloted courses to test their effectiveness. My responsibilities at this stage also include preparing aims, objectives, lesson plans, schemes of work and assessments. I would also need to design flipcharts, posters and handouts. The boundaries at this stage include budgetary and time constraints which may affect the quality of the course materials. I must also again make any reasonable adjustments with materials e.g. font size on handouts / PowerPoint presentations adjusted to meet the needs of learners with a visual impairment. I once had to recruit a signer for a deaf learner. I must also ensure that my materials do not breach copyright and licencing requirements.