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When I am asked how the MA TESOL program at the Pennsylvania State University influenced me as a teacher, I usually answer that it changed my perspective on teaching. This broad answer sparks more specific questions: In what way has it changed your perspective? How has this change happened?
If I were to select three key words which encapsulate my experience of participating in the MA TESOL program, I would select the following verbs:
I engaged in creating materials which I used in my teaching. This process helped me realize how important it is to consider social, cultural, and political factors which have impact on the process of teaching and learning. I also had an opportunity to conduct a research project on gesture and engage in a team teaching project in cooperation with my classmates. Therefore, I have the ability to:
During the program I realized that in order to develop I need to be curious about my students, their learning, and my teaching. The courses which I took showed me that in order to nurture my curiosity I need to reflect on my teaching. Reflection and analysis of my beliefs have deepened my understanding of teaching and significantly enhanced its quality. In this part I will provide evidence that I have the ability to:
Participating in the program provided me with a sense of empowerment. It equipped me with tools and knowledge which make me a very competent and self-confident teacher. It also developed in me an attitude of collaboration and willingness to share knowledge and experiences with other teachers. Therefore, I am able to
What kind of teacher do I want to become? What type of teacher do I aspire to be? I created a box which represents a teacher who does only what is expected of him. Obviously, it is not the teacher I would like to be. I aspire to develop my own understanding of teaching and be constantly curious about my students and my teaching.