Time flies, I can’t believe that the last day of my STARTALK journey comes so soon. The past five weeks will definitely be the most unforgettable and fruitful memory of this summer. I feel so grateful that this adventure of online teaching brought me so much precious knowledge and experiences for my professional language-teaching career. I came here with a curious and bit nervous heart, but now end with an excited heart filled with beautiful memories and inspirations. Through the five weeks’ program, I’ve learned to be a detail-chaser when you design your course and prepare the classes. The most important principle this online-teaching workshop taught me is the concept of “go for details” and always having plenty of back-up plans! Since online teaching replies heavily on the technical support, we always try our best to prepare our PPT as detailed as possible and make sure we have plan B, C and D to avoid being restricted because of the urgent technical obstacles. This principle can definitely sustain and leads in my future F2F class since even in F2F class, we might frequently confront various of unexpected issues. As an instructor, we should always be a detail-oriented course designer no matter in F2F or online classes. This STARTALK program taught me that every single detail matters and may affect the quality of the delivery of the class in a great deal! For example, some vivid pictures shown on PPT slides with smooth and clear logic flows can effectively facilitate students to achieve the teaching objectives and follow teachers’ instructions to complete the tasks, otherwise a pile of colorful but random pictures without logic connections might confuse or even mislead the students.
Another great treasure I’ve achieved from the STARTALK program is the activity design! I deeply appreciate that I got this opportunity to learn from other teachers with diverse teaching backgrounds and experiences. From them, I’ve definitely widened my view and collected so many brilliant ideas. It released me from my own box and pushed me to step out of my comfort zone to create more activities with band new perspectives that I’ve never tried before. Through 10 days’ teaching, I’ve learned so many creative in-class activities and teaching strategies that are not only fun, but also effective. All these achievements helped me to build up a growth-mindset and optimize my own teaching philosophy. There’s still tons of new information that I shall continuously digest in the future. Language education is an endless pavement that I'm determined to chase with passion and wisdom. The STARTALK program is definitely one of the most powerful gas stations that empowered me on this long way. Thanks for letting me fill my “fuel tank” with brilliant experience and sufficient knowledge and I will always keep on the road!
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