English Language Learner Capstone: Hongye Zeng, Spring 2019
From my perspective, the most essential point of high-quality teaching is to be learner-focused. However, it is challenging to achieve this goal because it requires teachers to be caring about students’ learning progress, be responsive to their cultures and life experiences, as well as be skillful from lesson preparation to class instruction. In this paper, I will discuss my teaching philosophy about how to focus on learners from four aspects, and then connect these big ideas with artifact analysis to demonstrate how I have enacted my ideal high-quality instruction in real life settings. The artifact analysis focuses on four domains of instruction: learner, learning context, curriculum and assessment, which is a comprehensive reflection on my application of professional knowledge. The last section summarizes the envision of what a good teacher should be and potential challenges I may encounter in the future.