Assuming the Role of an Educator

Jacob Fletcher
Graduate Teaching Associate
Centre for Learning and Teaching

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts” – William Shakespeare

Sincerity and relatability are some of the traits associated with an effective educator. While staying genuine and true to ourselves as a teacher, we are also stepping into an important role - a role with particular duties and objectives that need to be fulfilled. The nature of the field may sometimes require us to step outside of our comfort zone, to portray messages and ideas in different ways. We prepare a “script” of our lesson plans that contain key learning outcomes, while striving for a natural and reliable delivery. Whether we realize it or not, there is a certain level of performing required in our day-to-day teachings. This may be projected subtly, through exaggeration of body movement or vocal emphasis to highlight specific ideas; but for more introverted educators, the transformation may seem more dramatic. We can work on the skills associated with the delivery of education the same way we would practice our understanding of the material from our lecture notes. Identifying and capitalizing on our mannerisms, projection, body language and vocal emphases are important elements of our teaching effectiveness.

Through group activities and discussion, this session aims to explore our individual expressive habits for teaching, and identify strategies to develop effective tools for the art of teaching.

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Dalhousie University
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