Over my 30+ years of teaching I have taken on many different roles. I believe a successful teacher needs to be multi-skilled and continually reflect on their teaching practice. Thus he/she should always strive for improvement. This will involve collaboration with colleagues and undertaking regular professional development.
But what do teachers do? What duties do they have to carry out on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis? Here is my list of 20 roles – I’m sure you could add a few more.
1. Planning, Developing, and Organizing Instruction
2. Housekeeping and Recordkeeping Tasks
3. Managing Student Conduct
4. Presenting Subject Material
5. Assessing Student Learning
6. Attending meetings
7. Peer mentoring
8. Communicating with parents
9. Goal setting
10. Professional development
11. Sporting coach
12. Yard duty
13. Student pastoral care
14. Teaching literacy and numeracy
15. Using information technology
16. Setting and correcting homework
17. Time manager
18. Planning and conducting excursions and camps
19. Duties associated with a position of responsibility
20. Being passionate, having fun and caring about kids.
Alternatively check out: “10 Roles for Math Teachers” by Cathy Seeley.
New (or experienced) teachers would benefit from reading “What successful teachers do” by Neal A. Glasgow and Cathy D. Hicks.
These lists are daunting, but seeing a student making a learning breakthrough or saying “Gee Mr. T, that lesson was really great” makes it all worthwhile.