Teacher: a controller or a luminary?

The daily routine of a teacher is pretty presumed. As the statistics below shows, most of their time teachers spend on the preparation of the class rather than paying individual attention to each and every student. On the one hand, this is quite understandable: One cannot expand time. On the other hand, this should not effect on students’ learning process.
                                                                                            

To cut a long story short, let’s ask the following question: Is teacher a controller or a luminary?

We can answer this question by splitting it into small, logical chunks.

 Teacher as a controller

What makes up a teacher as a controller? In other words, which responsibilities has a teacher as a controller? Teacher’s everyday work include but is not limited by lesson preparation before the class, attendance check, the teaching itself, individual work with students, grading, paper work, homework correction, communication with parents and school personnel, etc.

 As you can see, teacher’s daily school life is quite colourful. Let’s cut it into one more piece and divide all the above mentioned into repetitive and non-repetitive tasks.

 I’d do the following separation:

Repetitive

  • lesson preparation
  • attendance check
  • grading
  • paper work
  • homework correction
  • communication

Non-repetitive

  •  teaching
  • individual work

Now it is quite visible that the teaching and individual work as core, fundamental activities are lost among other staff. They are one but not the main part of teacher’s school life.

How can we solve this problem? To move to the solution, I’d ask you to think why I did this separation above. Correct! The things that repeat day by day, can and should be automated. With the state-of-the art technology that possesses modern society, it is a guilt to make teacher shoulder all these burden.

But if this statement is so true and obvious, then why is teachers’ life still overwhelmed with responsibilities which are not directly related with teaching? I suppose, the reason is in the absence of an ultimate solution. Till now, teachers struggle with excel sheets, moodle plugins, whatsapp groups and facebook pages.

Helping a teacher to remain luminary

Having answered the above stated question (teacher is/should be not a controller), let’s see how we can help teacher to remain faithful to her initial mission: teaching and illuminating in the world of knowledge.

The answer is quite simple! Teachers need one ultimate platform which would address all repetitive tasks and be easy to administer. That’s all!

We at Tutor believe that teachers are free spirits and we must help them to teach and illuminate us. We deserve it!

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