"What I've Learned This Year" by Mr. McClung
What a fantastic job Mr. McClung did on his essay! I loved reading it a lot. Mr. McClung spoke about many things he learned as a 1st year teacher including being flexible. Mr. McClung speaks that communication is a key in the classroom when it comes time to interact with students. Mr. McClung mentions technology, and that we, as teachers should not be afraid to use technology in the classroom. Technology brings in a wealth of information. Mr. McClung mentions that being a good teacher is one who can actively listen to their students. If teachers interacted with their students and listened to what they had to say, more respect will be given in return. Mr. McClung also speaks about responsibility, that we as teachers, it is our responsibility to make sure that our students are learning what is required, but to as well understand that some students will make mistakes along the way. We are all humans, it is expected. If we as teachers do not let students make mistakes, we are not doing our job correctly. As well, if students are never allowed to make mistakes, they will never truly "learn" the material being taught to them. Making mistakes is how we learn to "better" ourselves. I enjoyed what Mr. McClung had to say.