What I Learned this Year Volume 4
The first post I read was What I learned This Year 2012-2011.
Mr. McClung is in his fourth year teaching social studies and Arkansas history in Fayetteville, Arkansas. In this
post, Mr. McClung talks about two things he would change the next school year.
Mr.McClung starts worrying about what his peers think of him
and says he is committing the junior high sin. He got caught up worrying about
what his coworkers thought of him, but came back to reality and remembered he
is not there for them but for his students. He concludes this topic by saying
as long as his students enjoy and are learning what he is teaching, he is doing
The second thing Mr. McClung wants to change in the upcoming
years is to challenge himself more. At this time he has been at the same school
teaching the same subjects for three years. He talks about how he gets lazy and
gets in the same routine with his lessons. This method probably bored his
students. Luckily, at the end of the year he gets offered to teach a new
subject for the next school year. He says this opportunity could not have come
at a better time, because this will be a good challenge for him.
I think it is easy for a teacher to become lazy, but like Mr. McClung says, you have to challenge yourself as an educator. I liked how he talks about worrying about what his coworkers think, because a lot of teachers fall under the junior high sin. I really enjoyed reading this post.
What I`ve Learned This Year 2008-2009
The second post I read was What I've Learned This Year 2008-2009. This was Mr. McClung`s first year teaching. This blog post has a lot
of different things Mr. McClung has learned in this year of teaching. Some of
the topics were how to react in a crowd, be flexible, communicate, be reasonable,
not to be afraid of technology, listen to your students, and never stop
I really enjoyed reading this post, because all these topics
will be helpful when I begin to teach. A topic that I found really important is
for educators to never stop learning. He talks about how teachers do everything
to get their students to learn, but the educator refuses to do so as well.
Another topic I really liked was that educators need to be reasonable and not
to set the bar too high for students.