Correct Answer - Option 4 : Allow Learners to be teachers
Role of a teacher as a facilitator:
- In an applied learning classroom the teacher plays a critical role. The students need to be supported and guided in order to learn the necessary skills to achieve the desired outcomes. Without this support and direction, the investigation and associated learning will not succeed.
- The teacher's main role is as a facilitator – there to offer support and advice when needed, and to provide the necessary scaffolding and teaching of skills when necessary. It is vital that teachers remember to teach and instruct their students in any particular skill or piece of knowledge that is required for the task.
- In order for students to successfully achieve the learning and outcomes expected it is vital that the teacher monitors their progress and intervenes when necessary to teach any identified mathematics and problem-solving skills that are necessary or missing for the task being tackled.
These can be introduced in a number of ways, depending on the skills and experience of the students. This could happen through:
- whole-class activities and explanations prior to or during the investigation as questions arise from the students' work;
- small group activities based on explanations, worksheets, or tasks provided by the teacher; and,
- individual skills and practice sessions, including worksheets and extracts from textbooks, computers, and the internet.
Hence, the correct answer is Option 4.