Although it might be believed that the role of a teacher is simply to teach students their seven or so subjects, their responsibilities go well beyond that. For most teachers, the majority of their time is spent inside classrooms, and any time off is generally spent planning. However, that is just one part of the story. In reality, a teacher is responsible for far more than regular education. Being in control of nearly all aspects of a child’s development, the burden that rests on the shoulder of teachers is immense. In fact, teachers can be called as the architects of the future, and that is not wrong in the slightest.
As the quote by Albert Einstein states;
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."
Teachers are responsible for the administration of education thoroughly and holistically. Education isn’t just based on the memorization of figures and text but how to apply oneself in the best way possible in real-world situations. Students that have received a quality education will go on to become leaders of the future, and that is just too big a risk to take with improper teaching.
Since teachers spend so much time with students daily, they essentially become their caretakers in many ways. Aside from delivering standardized education, teachers can understand their student’s needs and cater to them suitably. Due to their seniority in both age and experience, students can confide in their teachers, and that makes them trustworthy. The role of a teacher in the life of a student and the entire education system, in general, is immense. Some of the most important responsibilities and roles teachers play are listed below.
Encourage lifelong learning
Teachers not only have a responsibility of teaching a certain class, but they also have to lay the groundwork for all the learning that is to take place after this point. For that to be successful, teachers need to encourage the desire to know more and acquire knowledge. Although doing so might be tricky in students that consider education to be a burden, it is the teacher's duty, to be frank with their students, and do their best to devise proper solutions. Like their students, teachers must also keep a student mindset that is aimed at learning about their students, and ways to improve themselves professionally. Similarly, this mindset must also be promoted to students, as this will become the platform for all subsequently gained education.
Make studying a collaborative effort
The education a teacher delivers can be described as a two-stage process, the teacher must educate, and the students must accept that education. Therefore, being experts in their fields, teachers must make sure that students are receptive to their efforts at educating them. By planning for ahead and establishing proper schedules, a teacher can design plans that are designed to increase overall academic performance. A teacher can utilize the power of offering their support and giving perspectives on the issues students face, as well as responding to any feedback reciprocated from students. If there is anything that the teacher feels that could be changed, it should be done so as advancements and improvements in any fields are beneficial for everyone involved.
Help fresh teachers
Effective teaching is not only limited to students, but also the teachers themselves. Just as in nearly every fields, there are beginners and professionals, teaching is made up of professionals and newcomers. As such, it may be necessary to acclimatize new teachers to the responsibility they’re about to face, and that role is to be played by experienced teachers themselves. As an instance, new teachers must refrain from advising students to look for the business editing services they can afford without trying it themselves first. All teachers, no matter how experienced, are aware of the first few days of their teaching career. They know that in handling this immense responsibility, there is no room for trial and error. Most new teachers are just looking for a bit of assistance from the experts, just to get up on their feet. Therefore, by supporting newer teachers at their jobs, it is possible to create a productive environment that fosters care, wellbeing and trust.
Work on improving the educational system
A part of a teacher's responsibility is to ensure the mutual development of both students, and the educational system they study in. Teachers realize that any weak link in the path of educating a student can become a hindrance, and should be eliminated at all costs. The grades of a student excelling in one subject and failing in the other can be severely impacted. Therefore, teachers need to realize that by keeping the complete education system in running order, not only will the students be benefitted, but also the teachers themselves. By incorporating an element of respect, leadership, and continuous improvement, it is possible to raise students that will go on to become leaders of the future. This is achieved through a meticulous search for improvement areas such as environment, curriculum, and student development.
Refine their teaching methodologies
Unlike other fields that primarily rely on learned information, the key to being an effective teacher is to analyze the students and apply tailored methods for maximum effect. For teaching and education to be effective, there needs to be an active effort from the teacher side to improve their teaching methods over time. The best indicator of a working teaching method is a successful student, and the teacher has every right to take the credit. They need to realize that the collaborative effort of the teachings team, in addition to any other faculty members, are collectively responsible for the success of students. Similarly, there needs to be an understanding between teachers and students that provides insight into the positive and negative aspects of the education process. The positives can then be strengthened, while the negatives can be rectified.
Actively inspire legislators
As federal and state policies are what govern the realm of education, teachers play a major role in influencing and guiding those that make those policies in the first place. The perspectives and standpoints offered by teachers in regards to educating newer generations are irreplaceable, and that makes it vital for teachers to ensure the proper application and structuring of relevant policies. Teachers have the prerequisite experience in their field, alongside concrete data that may be used to assist those in power to make policies suitably. Since teachers are among the upper echelons of society in terms of respect and trust, their opinions in these matters are highly valued, and they can have significant influence over those elected fairly, to maximize mutual benefits.
Engage in discussions with other teachers
Since teaching is a joint effort between all members of the faculty to educate effectively, not having discussions can be a major detriment. There may be discrepancies in teaching methodologies that might not be compatible with the current system, or may not be delivering the results needed. This is also true as teachers that follow the classic model of education need to be aware of modern teaching methods, and vice versa. The essence of effective education revolves around the entire teaching staff working in sync, and as one cohesive unit. This cooperation serves to be beneficial for the teachers, management, students, and everyone involved.