–My interests as a teacher
As a prospective English teacher, I’m interested in teaching senior high school students. People usually say that senior high school teachers have very heavy workload and need to deal with high pressure coming from the high stake College Entrance Examination. It is true. But I want to be a teacher not to get an easy job, but to give play to my potentials and abilities; and if I can be a good English teacher and get on well with my students, it will be a very rewarding job for me.
The English teaching in high school in China is mostly exam-oriented nowadays. Learning English has been an exhausting and unrewarding experience for many students who only learn English in order to get better grades in exams. Exam-oriented education receives much criticism from the public, but the situation is not going to change radically within a short period. And exams do, in certain aspects, reflect students’ abilities, and have been widely used as a threshold to many opportunities. As an English teacher, I will still need to work within the examination system and teach my future students in the best ways I can think of and put into practice. On one hand, I need to teach them the language skills the exams aim to test; and on the other hand, I will need to take great care to motivate them to become autonomous learners and acquire life-long learning abilities.
–How maintaining a blog might lead to opportunities for professional development
Blog is a place for me to keep reflecting on my ideas of and perhaps my practice in English teaching. Readers of my blog posts will be able to read about my thoughts and experience and share their own opinions or experience with me. In this way, it will not be one teacher working alone for better teaching outcomes, but a group of like-minded teachers working together for a common goal. Constant communication and discussion using blogs will be a good way for me to keep updated in teaching methods and improve my professional abilities.
–The kind of topics that I think I will address in your blog, over the course of the semester
I created this blog for my New Literacies and Language Teaching course. In this blog, I will be writing about what I learn in the course on the use of new technologies in TESL, my thinking about the readings the professor recommend, and interactions with my classmates. I hope that what I write in this blog will further my understanding of new literacy in language teaching; and when reviewing the blog post, I will be able to reflect on my own development towards a professional teacher and get some new insight out of it.