The dynamic role of an educator

An educator is the one who gets the most out of the lessons and the true teacher is the learner. The time has come to switch from a teaching centered on the actions of the teacher to a dynamic learning method, centered on the actions of the pupils. This means that the pupils are active, are involved in what they are learning. An educator has a most influencing and dynamic role in his/her students’ lives. The role of an educator in encouraging support of the student’s atonomy, relevance and relatedness of the materials, increase motivation to learn. As students are motivated to learn, they are more likely to achieve the goals set for them either by themselves or by their educator. Generally, the role of an educator in education goes beyond teaching. In today’s world teaching has different faces, and a teacher has to carry out the part of being an external parent, counselor mentor, role model and so on.

Sharing Knowledge: First thing first, the primary duty of an educator is to impart knowledge, and that comes from teaching. Teaching usually entails following a specific curriculum and ensuring that the students understand what is being taught.

Monitor: No direct evidence of this role from lesson notes, but it is possible teacher may need to take on this role at any time in the lesson checking.

Role Model: Students look to teachers as examples of professional adults. They often have more contact with their teachers than their own parents, so it’s important for teachers to always reflect a positive image and teach student things like respect, trust and responsibility. A teacher can do this through his actions and words in the classroom, learning by example.

Guide: An educator must act as a guide and in order to do this must be non-judgemental and objective, not letting their values affect how they treat students. They must offer help and support where they can, identify the needs of the individual.

An External Parent: The role of a teacher transcends following a specific lesson plan and work schedule. Because both students and teachers spend as much time together, the teacher inadvertently becomes an external parent.

A Catalyst for Change: Teachers, leaders can also be catalysts for change, only those become visionaries who are “never content with the status but rather always looking for a better way”.

Teacher as a Behavior Counselor: A large part of teaching involves coaching and mentoring related to social skills and behavior. Teachers work day in and day out with students to develop their abilities related to optimal social skills, behavior and emotional intelligence.

Final Thoughts: The teacher’s role in the classroom, society and the world at large, have taken a different turn from what it was back in the day. Over time, teachers were given a specific curriculum to follow as well as for instructions on how to go about teaching the curriculum.