Defining the Roles of a Teacher

It is said that school is one of the first places where children’s behavior, moral and character are being molded and shaped. Thus, teachers carry the pressure to fulfill such expectation, stemming from performing their responsibilities within the school grounds to going beyond the usual teaching load as to extend counseling and performing the role as a second mother/father. The presumption is that they have the responsibility of developing effective and strategic instruction, evaluating the children’s extent of learning, addressing them individual needs to learn and ensuring an environment conducive for learning. But, setting these factors who, in their best effort to impart knowledge and provide learning opportunities, deserve to be recognized.

Teachers play multiple roles. This means it connotes more than merely standing in front of the class and lecturing. To be effective, if they have to wear multiple hats for the school days to run smoothly and just to make sure that children could get quality education, they will. Teachers are also learners. Just as school children learn by attending school, they also constantly learn and develop strategies for delivering quality instruction through development sessions. They have to make changes in classrooms and take into account the children’s interest and individual needs; otherwise, they cannot grab children’s full participation in the process. On their everyday class interaction, teachers play the role of a disciplinarian. While they hold the power to instantly end or light the children’s motivation in learning, they should concentrate on not breaking the child’s self- esteem, giving them chances to perform better. Throughout the course, they also function as coaches for different school undertakings like sports. Here, they need not only their expertise and skills in teaching- learning, but as well as developing aspect of teamwork and showing them the physical, moral and spiritual support necessary for their social growth.

Teachers undoubtedly are the key to what a young child will become in the future. Despite the various roles, what is important in the end is that they guide their route to grow and develop. They are worth the appreciation not only because of the various problem- solving skills or communication skills they try to inculcate, but simply because they teach children to love and value learning.

By: Amy G. Capacio
      Teacher 3, Casisang Central School