A teacher, also called an educator, is an individual who provides instruction to a wide range of students on a variety of subjects. Teachers have a formal and ongoing role that takes place at schools and other facilities that offer formal education. Teachers interact with a variety of students from young children to adults and those with specialized needs. In various countries, individuals seeking to become teachers must complete professional training from an institution of higher learning.
Teaching and Pedagogy
Teachers are responsible for facilitating meaningful learning experiences among students in the classroom environment as well as activities in other atmospheres such as outdoors and field trips to special places.
Teachers use a variety of ways to spark learning such as developing lesson plans and incorporating various supportive activities. They use various informal and formal approaches to capture the interest of students and adapt to different learning styles. The main objective is generally to teach knowledge of numerous subjects, enable students to develop and hone skills and promote critical and abstract thinking.
Teachers also often incorporate technology such as the Internet, music, and television to expand on their teaching techniques.
Pedagogy refers to different ways of teaching. When making the decision on a particular teaching method, teachers must consider a variety of factors such as the learning environment, learning objectives, the background knowledge of students, and curriculum standards established by the school system. When teachers use pedagogy, they assess the educational levels of students by examining certain skills.
Other Professional Duties
A teacher’s professional responsibilities include more than just formal instruction. Teachers are responsible for enforcing rules, disciplining students, supervising study halls, planning and directing field trips, assisting with school functions, and supervising extracurricular activities.