When we talk about the role of teacher, what are the major roles that should be taken into consideration? The role of teacher is not easy to describe and certainly not easy to carry out. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the role of teacher:
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.
The best example of a prompter role is:
Suppose if a ground activity is in progress and the teacher is asking the students to measure the length of the shadow cast by the flagpole and assisting them when they are not able to, the teacher is a prompter there. When they ask who to do what, that’s when they are a delegator.
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.