Professional Identity

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According the Chad Hansen (1993), Chinese is an ideographic language. Chinese learners are visual learners whereas English is a phonological language and one of the key skills to learning English auditory, such as listening and speaking. As an EFL teacher, it is important for myself to understand how my students learn a language and what I can do to teach to my student’s needs. The local Education Authority in Hong Kong offers professional development for teachers to sign up for courses and workshops to understand how teachers can improve and reflect their teaching for the students. As previously mentioned, teachers in Hong Kong find it very difficult to find time to attend workshops or courses organised by the Educational Department…show more content…
Kelchtermans (2009) explains that a teacher’s professional identity is directly linked with the teacher's job satisfaction, occupational commitment and motivation in their line of field. As stated by Burke and Stets (2009), there are three factors that affect the professional identity of a teacher. Person factors, role factors and social factors. I will discuss on how these three areas have affected myself and my profession on being a teacher in Hong Kong. A teacher's belief and morals are generally shaped by their early childhood experiences. How their teachers were a role model or even family members (Knowles, 1992). I myself as no different. The value of being a teacher wasn't when I started education but would be how my teachers taught when I was a child. In a sense, it is like designing a curriculum or even a small activity. Thinking backwards and starting with your objective and reflecting how I as a teacher would be able to guide and scaffold my students to reach the learning objective. Putting myself in the shoes of my students, or my previous primary school teachers to open a wider perspective on teaching. These personal educational beliefs guide myself to work as a teacher and consequently affect my professional identity as a teacher (Akkerman…show more content…
Lawrence (2014) explains that “for many, reflection is a form of thinking or contemplation in search of knowledge to find the truth and the reality or concept, proposition or claim” (p.8). Mason (2008) explains how in Western cultures see critical thinking as a Socratic idea of reasoned process and conclusions to find out whether a claim is true or false, supported by justified evidence. If we consider Gibbs’ model of reflection, a teacher(s) would go through six stages of feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and come up with an action plan. In Hong Kong, I rarely see teachers undergo this process. Rather than justifying the problem that has arisen with evidence, there seems to always be assumption of the students for their behaviour or result. Again, for experienced teachers whose professional identity has given them the experience to assume without change can socially affect the teachers with lesser teaching
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