Teaching Role

The teaching role is the function exercised by the person (the teacher or professor) in charge of providing education to children, youth and adults. This role or role played by teachers, make them mediators between students and knowledge. Being a teaching professional, the teacher is responsible for guiding students in their learning process. It is important that the teacher can create an atmosphere in the classroom that encourages everyone to investigate, to build their own learning and not just to imitate everything he says or does. The teaching role is not only to provide information and keep the group disciplined, it is also to be an intermediary between the student and his environment. Leaving aside his role as the protagonist of teaching to become the student’s guide.

At present and with the entry of new technologies, an important change has been generated when accessing information. This, adapted to the field of teaching, supposes an equally important transformation in the teaching role. Today, all the topics that students must learn are found on the Internet, so the question is: What is the role of teachers in this new information system?

Some time ago, teachers were the ones who selected the topics that were going to be taught to the students, that is, they chose the information, refined it and then gave it to their students. The teacher was the one who elaborated the knowledge of the students and any questions they might have, the teacher was there to clarify them. Today, it is easier and faster for the student to go online and search for what they need. What happens, that the student when entering the web, is going to find a lot of information that perhaps he will not be able to assimilate and will require a continuous selection with which he will have to learn to distinguish and give value to those topics that really are valuable.

Given the increase in new information and communication technologies (ICT), the new teaching role is as follows:

  • To be an intermediary that facilitates teaching to its students, offering them elementary knowledge, so that they can understand the breadth of content that they will find on the internet.
  • Devise problems that encourage students to investigate, choose and process all the information that is useful to them.
  • The teacher must help his students pedagogically, providing them with the necessary mechanisms to respond to their interests and abilities.
  • The teacher to generate a pleasant work environment, where the spontaneity of students and their desire to learn is promoted.
  • Regarding the evaluation, the teacher must have a constant personalized follow-up for each student and thus be able to evaluate how much their individual progress has been.