The authoritative role that a teacher plays can be in two ways, high authority, high involvement, and high authority low involvement. If a teacher is authoritative and controlling it does not mean that there’s no scope of growth for students.
These teachers would have their ways and norms but if they are highly involved, they would work for the betterment of the students, encourage hard work, and would be open to questions and queries.
Students usually see authoritative teachers as caring and reasonable. As mentioned, in an authoritative classroom, the students have the freedom to ask questions and clear their doubts. However, on the other hand, if a teacher is authoritative and has low involvement in the classroom, well, let’s just say that that is an example of how a classroom shouldn’t be.
A delegator, as the name suggests is someone who delegates responsibilities and just overviews the overall functioning of the classroom. They are neither highly involved nor show less involvement. They give the students ownership and are mostly seen when learning occurs through group activities and classroom discussions. This is best suited for subjects that require group activities. Chemistry, physics, and in the sort of subjects that require lab activities, the teacher often assumes the role of a delegator. Delegator is one of the 7 roles of a teacher.
When the teacher assumes the role of a prompter, they are giving complete ownership to the students. Teachers give the students a push when they are stuck or have confusion and doubts. In this role, the teachers prompt what the students should be doing and kind of take them through the process. They act as a guide or a coach in the whole learning process.
In case if there’s an activity taking place in the class. Say a debate or a group discussion, when the teacher takes part in it, they are assuming the role of a participant. While this increases the interest in students and encourages them to participate more, there’s a chance of you outperforming them so, keep in mind to blend in with the students and give them the necessary nudge when required.
Teaching is ¼ preparation and ¾ theatre. When a teacher demonstrates the concepts and ideas, the learning is more effective. A demonstrator is one who crosses boundaries and goes the limit to ensure that the students have a meaningful experience. It is one of the basic functions of a teacher to explain and demonstrate the concepts.
This is the most common role that a teacher takes on in a classroom. When they are reading from the textbook, explaining a topic, and just doing what most teachers do in the classroom, it is a lecturing or tutoring role. Again, it can be one with high involvement from the student’s side. When there’s high involvement from both the teacher and the students, there are better chances of the concept being conveyed in a better way and the lesson would stay with the students for longer.
This role is like that of a library. The teacher is just an assessor, they are always there and the students can turn into the teacher for help anytime but most of the work is done by the students. In this role, the teacher asks the students to take classes, seminars, etc. and when they are stuck, the teacher helps them with the subject knowledge that he/she has. As the name suggests, they act as a resource for the students.
A good teacher is one who understands what role they should play and when they should do it. it cannot be said that the above mentioned are 7 roles of a good teacher. There are many more that a teacher should be. The role of a teacher in classroom management is huge.
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