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The changing role of the teacher


From experience of teaching workshops and training courses, I thought it best to begin ____ (1) talking about a teacher’s role in the classroom and how it has changed in recent years. It is believed that long gone are the days of the Teacher being a fountain ____ (2) knowledge that should be the centre of all learning. It is important that a teacher sets an example by showing a good understanding of the area of study so ____ (3) it is valued, but the quantity of subject knowledge is not so much the key requirement for a Teacher but more a prerequisite that is used to achieve greater objectives. This may be ____ (4) to technological advances or just a change in the Teacher-student dynamic. I believe this to be true as a Teacher nowadays is not so much a provider of information but more a link between the acquisition of knowledge and its application to a context with ____ (5) the student can relate. But the question is, just how do I do that? What a Teacher must focus ____ (6) is ensuring that each learner achieves the learning objectives to the best of their ability. A teacher must give classes that have a clear focus, a flexible methodology that ensures understanding of all of the learners in question, a process of evaluation (evaluation being the process with which teachers check that their learning objectives ____ (7) achieved and to what degree. A Teacher should adapt their methodology based on this) and engaging activities that capture and maintain the interest of the learner. By ____ (8) these simple things the Teacher will find their work far more enjoyable and will notice an improvement in class participation, behaviour of students and achievement (grades or understanding).



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