Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What I've Learned This Year


When I arrived in Noel, Missouri last fall I was entering my first year of being a teacher. Being young and inexperienced, I did not fully know what to expect from being an elementary school teacher. Since last August I have grown and matured as a person and a teacher, and in the process I have learned a TON. So, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share with you what it is that I have learned in my first year of teaching.

How to Read the Crowd
Throughout my college education and teaching internship, I developed a mindset that it was all about me the teacher. Meaning that I was so worried about how I was being assessed by my superiors, that I lost touch with my audience when I delivered a lesson. A common theme that I have seen in a lot of teachers is the fact that they do not make their lessons student centered. They become so concerned with the delivery of the content that they are missing the most important aspect of teaching, and that is checking for student comprehension.

I fell like that this year I have developed immensely in regards to this aspect of teaching. In order to be effective you have to be able to let your audience drive your instruction.

Be Flexible
I have a way I want things done.....sound familiar? While we as instructors like to plan "perfect" lessons, we have to remember that we are performing in front of a crowd the struggles remembering what they brought for lunch that day.
NO LESSON IS EVER PERFECT. THE LESSON YOU TEACH AND THE ONE YOU PLAN ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT.
At the beginning of the school year I felt like I was trying to control things way too much, and I would beat myself up over lessons and activities that did not go well. I had to get over this. While I always plan to have that elusive perfect lesson, I don't let it get to me and I do not kill myself over my mistakes any more. When things go wrong, simply work with it and try to better the situation.....and make sure you do it with a smile on your face!

Communicate
Communication is the best medicine....I know no one has ever experienced workplace drama, but just in case you know someone who knows a friend that does.....they need to talk it out. Communicating is the best way to resolve any issue in the workplace.

In addition, communication is the pathway to building that much desired rapport with fellow teachers. I know that sounds obvious, but communication is one of the hardest skills to develop, so practice all you can and build those strong relationships with teachers and students.

Be Reasonable
As teachers we hold very high expectations for our students....sometimes they live up to those expectations, and sometimes they don't. Often we build our expectations too high for students, and become upset when they do not meet the expectation.
DON'T.
Teachers can sometimes really loose touch and forget that we are dealing with children. They are not perfect and neither are we. While its fine to have lofty goals for our students, we set our students up for disappointment when a goal is not met and we scold them for not coming through. Our job as teachers is to simply pick them up after they fail, dust them off, and encourage them to try again.

Don't be Afraid of Technology
Grown adults everywhere are afraid of computers like it's a bad horror film and computers are trying to take over the world. Technology is our friend and is essential to living in our microwave society of today. We should not become overwhelmed by technology and simply give up before we start. We cannot expect to master computer skills the first time we attempt them, so jump in head first....the water feels fine :)

Listen to Your Students
You may be the only person that does. Below is an example of a answer that one of my students listed on their end of the year survey that really spoke to me:
I know my teacher cares about me as a person when he.
- Listens to what I say
While this may seem like a standard issue answer to such a question, it spoke volumes to me. I truly believe that teachers do not know enough about the students they are teaching. In order to build the respect that we all seek in a student teacher relationship, it is important to take interest their the lives of our students. It's that important.

Lastly....Never Stop Learning
It's never too late to change your way of thinking, learning, or style. We do everything short of beg students to learn on a daily basis, but sadly some of us refuse to learn and grow as professional educators. We work in a learning environment, so why not soak up as much as you can? We owe it to our students.

In closing I would like to thank everyone that has made my first year of teaching something truly magical. Teachers, parents, bloggers, and of course students....thank you to everyone.

Mr. McClung

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NZWaikato said...

Magic. A wonderful post.

I have enjoyed following your online work this year a huge amount and its been a wonderful experience, I think recall being on your new blog the first day it started! It seems like an age ago! Next year can't come soon enough.

Pam Thompson said...

What a wonderful self-reflection. What you say is so true and I think many teachers forget to reflect on their teaching experiences.

You've done some great work with your class - I would never have known you were a first year teacher. I wish my kids had experienced more teachers like you.

Jarrod Lamshed said...

Great post! I didn't realise you were in your 1st year of teaching! You've accomplished a lot. I am looking forward to continuing some great collaboration when you return from summer holidays.

Wm Chamberlain said...

Nice!

Kitty Ruzic said...

Just joined your blog as a requirement for Dr . Strange's EDM 310 Summer 09 class. It was like dejavu to me 35 years ago, only I was not as insightful as you. Looking forward to reading your earlier blogs as I find your candidness very heartfelt.

DLR said...

Hello! I'm Dana, a student from Dr. John Strange's EDM 310 class. I am not yet a teacher. However, you're comments, I think, will be invaluable to me once I do become a one. I thank you for sharing what you have learned, and I will try to utilize that information to make me a better teacher.

Nicole said...

Hello, my name is Nicole and I am also a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I think there is a lot to say about someone new into the field like yourself and willing to post your insight and experiences out there for people to read. It sounds like you are very dedicated to what you do and making it about the students and that is very refreshing. Congratulations!
My twitter name is nlcoomer or you can go to coomernedm310summer09.blogspot.com/ to see my class blog.

Megan said...

Hi Mr. McClung I am currently in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 summer course and he wanted us to post to your blog on thoughts about what you posted.
I totally agree with everything you said. Teachers sometimes need to slow down and not worry about being the eprfect teacher for the admistration and worry more about the kids. If you are worrying more about them then you will be the great teacher you have always wanted to be. Thank you for your comments I will surely take them with me and try to incorporate them into my classroom one day. If you have any comments you would like to make to me my twitter name is Bamamcb07 and my blog website is http://brownmedm310summer09.blogspot.com/

John Strange said...

Thanks, Mr. McClung. Your post is now required reading for my students. I especially like your last comment: We all must continue to learn.

Thanks so much!

Jarrod Lamshed said...

With all of the new comments coming through on this post, I thought I'd give it another read. It really is a great post. An excellent example of reflective writing.

Anonymous said...

As a requirement for Mr Wakeman's EDM 310 class we were to read your post. Although, I am not a teacher yet I found your post extremly helpful, and I look forward to using your advice in my classroom one day. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Please feel free to contact me on our class blog. http://aflarityfall2009.blogspot.com/

lauras22 said...

As one of our requierments for Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class we were to read your post. I am studying to be a teacher. And although I'm not one yet I can agree with you. Thank you for the great post. I found it full of great advice. Please feel free to contact me on our class blog http://lsmithfall2009.blogspot.com or my twtter account czwgurl. thank you.

Megan Bass said...

Hi Mr. McClung! As a requirement for Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class we were to read your post. I really enjoyed reading it, and I learned a lot from your thoughts and information. I am studying to be a teacher and I have worked with children for quite some time now, so I can definately relate and agree with you and your advice. Thank you so much for sharing this advice! Please feel free to contact me at my class blog at http://basskedm310spring09.blogspot.com or my twitter account KMBass8823.

Anonymous said...

Mr. McClung, my name is Theresa Vester, thanks for a great post. Reading your post is one of the requirements for Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class. You gave a lot of great advice. I am studying to become a teacher and I already worry about being assessed. Your post has reminded me why I am doing this in the first place. It really is about the students. I can be contacted through my class blog at http://tvesterfall2009.blogspot.com.

Tosha Thoma said...

Hi Mr. McClung! My name is Tosha Thomas, and I read your blog as a requirement for Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class. I have taught school in the past and plan to go back, I agree with everything you posted!!! My favorite thing you wrote was, "Our job as teachers is to simply pick them up after they fail, dust them off, and encourage them to try again." I can tell you have the right attitude and heart when you teach! Thank you so much for sharing! I can be contacted at http://tthomasfall2009.blogspot.com or my twitter account is ellajonmom.

Shukelia said...

I read you're post as a requirement for Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class. Your post took me back to the past, when I was in high school. I can remember the teachers who listened, gave me an ear to vent in, and a shoulder to cry on. These teachers are the teachers who inspire me. If I encourage only one student it will be worth it. Thank you for reminding me what it's all about.

You can contact me at http://smitchellfall2009.blogspot.com.

Lacey Musgrove said...

Hi, Mr. McClung, my name is Lacey. I just read your post as an assignment in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. Thanks so much for sharing your 1st year teacher experience. I can very much relate because sooner than later I myself will be a 1st year teacher and its great to here someone else's perspective on it. Your points were excellent. The best one, I think, being listen to your students and get to know them. I believe that if a teacher knows her students well enough, teaching them will be like second nature and they will learn and improve without even knowing it. I follow your blog so keep the great information coming.
You can contact me on my class blog http://musgroveledm310fall2009.blogspot.com/
Thanks again.

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Sarah Denham said...

Hi, Mr. McClung I just had to read your blog as a requirement for Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed reading your entire post but my favorite part was when you spoke about the way your student filled out his or her end of the yaer survey. It made me remember elementary school and how great i felt when my teacher listened to me. It made me feel important and special and i hope to create the same feeling for all my students.You can contact me at http://sdenhamfall2009.blogspot.com

Heather Vickrey said...

Hi, my name is Heather and I am in Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class. I finished up reading your post and liked what you had to say about your first year of teaching. I also feel that it is very important to be flexible with lesson plans and class activities. There are times we go by the book and if we get off by a page, we get down and out. I can be contacted at http://hvickreyfall2009.blogspot.com and do thank you.

Paige Petty said...

Hi, my name is Paige. As a requirement for Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class we were to read your post. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say about your first year of teaching. I learned a lot from your thoughts and information. I am studying to be a teacher and really appreciate your advice. Thank you so much for sharing. I can be contacted at http://ppettyfall2009.blogspot.com

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EChupek said...

Hi, my name is Erin and I am a student in Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class. I enjoyed reading your comments about your first year of teaching. I am in my third year of teaching 2nd grade. My first three years of teaching experience were in 6th grade, before I had my own children. As I look back and reflect, I have grown so much as a teacher each year. My expectations are nothing like what they were when I started. I couldn't agree more with your comments about "the perfect lesson". Things usually don't go the way you planned them out, and we have to learn that it's Okay. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts. I can be contacted at http://echupekfall2009.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

My name is Jenny and I am a student in Mr. Wakeman's EDM 310 class. I enjoyed reading your blog. Everything you said in your essay was so true.

Melinda's EDM310 blog said...

Hi my name is Melinda. I am in Mr. Wakeman's class. I reaaly enjoyed your essay. I found it to be informative. My class blog is myoungfall2009.blogspot.com. Agin Thank you

cortney said...

Hi, I read this post as a requirement of my EDM 310 class. I think this is a really good post especially for the students who have not started teaching yet. My class blog is http://rosecedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/. Thank you for sharing your opinion about teaching.

Karla B. said...

Mr. McClung,

As part of an assignment with EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama, I read your post, and am responding accordingly. First, I would like to say that you did a great job of reminding us to "get back to the basics" and keeping those most important in mind while we plan and deliver our lessons. second, I would like to say thanks, for your words of support. It's never easy when you start a new job, and when a person who was a lifelong student, makes the transition to "teacher" we all THINK we know how to do it, when in reality we can't possibly fully understand until we DO IT. Your words of wisdom are appreciated.

You can see my blog at:

http://brosetk.blogspot.com/

Maggie Tarver said...

Hi Mr. McClung,
I'm an aspiring teacher in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. This is a wonderful post for all of us who are in our first years of teaching. I'm sure your insightful post will be something of great value while we experience our first year. I hope I can accomplish and learn as much as you have in one year. Thank you for sharing your reflections!

To visit my blog and see all of my thoughts about your post please visit: http://tarvermedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Haley Mills said...

Hi my name is Haley Mills and one of the requirements for my EDM 310 class with Dr. Strange is to read and comment on your blog. I really enjoyed your blog and will take everything you said into consideration during my first year. I truly think it will help me out a lot during my first year and I am going to pass it along to my friends. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. http://hmillsfall2009.blogspot.com

Belinda Flucker said...

Hello Mr. McClung,

I have read your post as a requirement for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 course at the University of South Alabama. I truly agree with you on your viewpoints, as you have the positive attitude needed to teach. As instructors we must always grow and have the modesty to learn from our students. I would love a respond from you on my reaction to your post on my blog site: http://fluckerbedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/. Thank you from sharing your thoughts for everyone benefits when we reach out to our comrades on this journey of teaching those who will become our future.

Sarah Hall said...

Hi Mr. Mcclung, I am in Mr. Tashbin's EDM 310 class and had to read your blog for my class. I found it helpful because as a future teacher I will admit I am nervous on how to make sure I am attentive to my students while accomplishing what is required of me as a teacher (paperwork, lesson planning, etc.) This blog reminded me not to view my career in the classroom as a to-do list but a place for passion, knowledge and creativity. After all, I became a teacher to inspire students to want to learn and be passionate about it, if i view my job as an objective list- i am not contributing to the idea that learning is fun, entertaining and full of passion.

Sarah Hall said...

You can view other blogs of mine or leave a comment for me at http://hallsedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Sarah Hall said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences they were very helpful :)

Deidra Day said...

Thank you for expressing your feelings about your first year of teaching. So many times, when I ask a veteran teacher about their experiences, I get blanket statements, like "you spend the first year just trying to survive" and "it will take your first year to get yourself together". I appreciate your details of learning to balance knowledge acquired in college and classroom experiences.
I have two years left at the University of South Alabama, then I will be a teacher. I am so glad my technology instructor, Dr. John Strange, from my EDM310 class had us read your post. I am sure that I will refer back as I near my own teaching position and navigate through my first year in the classroom.
my blog: daydedm310fall2009.blogspot.com

Tresher said...

Hi, I am Tresher from Dr. Strange's EDM Fall 310 class. My URL is http://moorertedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/
I have read your blog as a requirement for class. Personally, all feel all teachers should read your blog as a requirement. You touched on everything teachers should be doing. The main things I vibe with you about is teachers being flexible, communicating with students, and listening to students. Those are the three main things I feel teachers don't do! Keep writing!!! It's a pleasure to read!

Thank You,
Tresher

Angel Dixon said...

Hi Mr. Mcclung I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. I have read your blog as a requirement for class. I really enjoyed reading this material. You can visit my blog at http://dixonaedm310fall2009.blogspot.com


Thanks,
Angel Dixon

Erica Freeman said...

Hello Mr. McClung. I'm a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange's Class. Your blog post was a required reading assignment for his class. Thank you for thinking to post this material. I'm studying to be a teacher and I'm a little nervous and a scared about what my first year will be like. This advice helps!
My blog is http://freemaneedm310fall2009.blogspot.com

Thanks again
Erica Freeman

Dillon said...

Mr McClung, my name is Dillon Rogers. I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 TT2 class at the University of South Alabama. I read your blog and realized that we both have one thing in common- the desire to become influential teachers, without pulling our hair out at the same time!

It is so nice to read this blog post because I understand that beginning as a teacher is scary, like most other jobs when you first start, but as you go gaining confidence you fall into a comfortable pattern and can become quite good at it. But like you said towards the end, it is important to keep learning. I have grown up in a family of educators, and I have always loved school. I am so excited that I don't have to leave, even after I graduate! I know it sounds crazy, but learning/teaching can be an art. If you are good, you want to be better. The communication is key. Feedback is so important. And like you said, we will not always have lessons that go according to how they are planned, but that is what makes our "9 to 5" more exciting than many others. And you are right- don't chalk it up to a failure. It is easy to cut ourselves up over mistakes and this will only result in bad juju. I can't wait to get into a classroom and learn from the mistakes I make.
Thank you for your wonderful advice,
Dillon Rogers
dillonrogers0@gmail.com
my blog:
http://rogersdedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/
class blog:
http://edm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Canela Steiner said...

Hi!
I read your blog as a class assignment. I am so glad I did because every little detail that is left out in our program you have managed to put into words that I understand. I am in my first year at the College of Education, and I am looking forward to beginning my career. It's good to know that there are people like you out there to remind us that there are a lot of things a first year teacher should think about. I can be contacted at csteiner43@gmail.com. Thank you for reading, and thank you for the advice.

Katie Johnson's EDM 310 Blog said...

Hi, my name is Katie Johnson and it was required of my EDM 310 class to read your blog. I truly enjoyed reading your blog and believe that this will help me when I become a first year teacher as well. Thankyou for allowing me to read this and you can reach me at http://johnsonkaedm310fall09.blogspot.com/

Thanks Again!

Erica said...

Hi,

My name is Erica Burrell and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I thought your post was very interesting as well as advising. I will be sure to take this information with me when I begin my teacher career!

Thanks,
Erica
http://burrelleedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Tawonna L. Keeton said...

Hello Mr. McClung,

I am a student at University of South Alabama where I was required to read your blog for an assignment. I am glad that I did. Even though I am not a teacher yet but one in the making, I will take these points that you have made to make my first year of teaching a success. However, I remember being in school and these things were things that my teachers lacked and my dream is to become the teacher that I never had. So thank you for these wonderful points that will help us to realize the teachers we need to become. You are more than welcome to read more of my comment on my blog: http//:keetont.blogspot.com

May said...

I'm a student in Dr. Strange's class, and your comment was assigned as required reading. You reflect on all aspects of your first year with wonderful insight and advice. Thank you for your post!

http://laughtonmedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

May said...

I'm a student in Dr. Strange's class, and your comment was assigned as required reading. You reflect on all aspects of your first year with wonderful insight and advice. Thank you for your post!

http://laughtonmedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

May said...
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Lauren G said...

Hi Mr. McClung,
What an amazing post! I'm a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. Your advise is very insightful and inspirational and will help teachers in their career. My mom is a teacher and she said the same thing you did in her first year. Hopefully with your advice and my moms, my first year won't be too horrible. Thank you

http://greerledm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Melissa Russell's EDM310 Blog said...

Hello, my name is Brooke Russell and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and giving some great advice.

http://russellmedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Marshalle Ely said...

Hello, my name is Marshalle Ely I am a student in Dr. Strange EDM 310 class this fall. I really enjoyed your post. I have even e-mailed it all my friends and family that are teachers or works with children. We share some of the same thoughts(In order to be effective you have to be able to let your audience drive your instruction). It really make me happy to see teachers caring for their students. In the world we live in now, teachers are scared to show their feeling or react to their student because of policies or politics.I have seen some teacher talk negative to students because he/she do not understand the standard teaching method, and those same teachers did not want to change the teaching style because that is what they(the teacher) were use to.The goal of every teacher should be to see the "I got it" look on every students face. I'm glad you cared so much for your student that your made a change within yourself. Keep spreading the love and concern.

Marshalle Ely said...

Also, your post was a requirement of Dr. Stranges class. all of my contact method are on my blog elymarshalleedm310fall2009.blogshot.com page please feel free to contact me.

marissa washington's EDM310 Blog said...

Hello,
My name is marissa and I go to school in Mobile, Alabama at the University of South Alabama. I read your post as a requirement for Dr. Stranges class. I really enjoyed reading your post, it was very insitefull. Thanks for talking about your expecience of being a teacher for the fist time.

Marissa
Dr.Strange's Class
www.washingtonedm310fall2009.blogspot.com

Mary Hutson said...

Hi I read your post as a requirement of Dr. Strange's edm310 class. I really enjoyed your post I am sure it will help me when I one day become a teacher. I especially liked the part about listen to you students. I feel so often that most kids voices are never heard. THank you for your post.

LaNadia Patrick said...

Hi Mr. McClung,
My name is LaNadia Patrick. I have read your essay as a requirement for my EDM 310 class @ the University of South Alabama. Dr. John Starnge is my instructor. I totally agree with your reflection of your 1st year as a elementary school teacher. I think that many 1st year teachers could relate to your reflection. I liked it alot, and I also learned tons. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. You may contact me @ lanadiap@gmail.com or my class blog @ patrickledm310fall2009.blogspot.com, and again THANK YOU!

Jamie S. Smith said...

Mr. McClung,

My name is Jamie Smith and I am in inspiring Elementary school teacher to be. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and we were required to read your essay as an EDM 310 classroom assignment. I have nothing wrong to say in regards of your reflection on your first year teaching. But then again I have no experience in teaching yet, but it seem that your expectations as a first year teacher were blown out of the water in what you had in mind. Thank you so much for sharing with us all your experience and informing us in what to include in our classroom management expectations. Here is my class blog if you desire to read or live a comment my reflections on your first year teaching experience. Thank you so much!! 

http://smithjusa.blogspot.com/

Staci Williams' EDM310 Fall 09 said...

Mr. McClung,
I am a student in Professor Tashbin's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama, and it was a requirement that we read your blog and commented on it.
I am so thankful to finally get good advice from a NEW teacher. Advice from teachers who have been teaching for 10 or even 20 years is great, but I am so happy to get good advice from a new teacher. I thought your blog was extremely eye-opening. I needed to be reminded that it is all about the students. It is important to plan your lessons around the students.Also, I loved how you gave the example of what one of your students wrote on their end of the year review of you. It is awesome that the student felt like you cared about them. I know I love it when I feel my teachers care about me as a person. It definitely matters!
Your blog was wonderful, thank you so much for writing what it is truly like to be a new teacher. You may contact me at: http://williamssedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/
Thanks again!

Ashley said...

Hi Mr.McClung,
My name is Ashley Nichols. I'm a student in EDM 310 class with Dr.Strange @ University of South Alabama. I've been kinda of nervous about teaching when I start teaching. I read each section carefully and was motivated by your experiences for your first year of teaching. I realize that it's going to be a little scary and nerve racking at first be were there for the students to learn and have. i enjoy being around kids and I'm truly excited for what my future as in store for me as a elementary teacher. Good Luck to you!! My class blog is nicholsaedm310fall2009.blogspot.com. Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts on being a first year teacher. It gave good insight for future references when beginning my year.

Katherine Duren said...

Hi Mr. McClung,
My name is Katherine Duren and I have read your post as a requirement for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I truly enjoyed your thoughts on being a teacher. I think every teacher should have your viewpoints. I know with teachers like you, the students will get more from what you teach them. It might also inspire them to become a teacher.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. You may contact me at ked801@gmail.com or my class blog at http://durenkedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Krystle Riner said...

Mr, McClung,
I am also a student in one of Mr. Tasbin's EDM310 class. I really enjoyed this blog and I believe I learned a lot of information that I will continue to build on as I enter the feild. Here is the url to my blog, where I wrote extensively on these topics! Thank you so much!!
http://rinerkedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Emily C. said...

Hi Mr. McClung,

My I have been assigned to read your post as a part of a class I am taking at the University of South Alabama. I loved how a lot of what you stated was so simple, yet they these things get overlooked all the time. Listening to students is probably one of the most obvious things to do, yet it does not happen in many classrooms.

Thank you for sharing your experience with me. Hopefully I'll be able to remember and apply this knowledge when I start in my own classroom.

Emily Carlson
http://carlsoneedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Alexis D. Taylor said...

Good evening. I read your blog as a requirement for Ms. Averitt and Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class in the College of Education here at the Univeristy of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I really appreciate you sharing your experience as a first year teacher.

Honestly I am terrified of my first year as a certified math teacher in the public school. I have the jitters I guess. Those lesson plans are what have me scared. I want to plan the perfect lesson plan but, like you said, their is no perfect anything. But I do share the common goals of making my students the priority, listening to what they have to say because I may be the only person in their lives who listens to them, and always doing what I can to be a better professional teacher.

The communication with teachers is important too. Teachers are human and by that I mean they have good days and bad days so being aware of that helps. Technology is stressed so much these days that we have a course dedicated to it! I appreciate the class. I am learning new things which I can incorporate into my classroom. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

You may contact me at http://tayloraedm310fall09.blogspot.com/. You can also reach me at tayloa7@gmail.com. Thank you once again for sharing your experience as a first time teacher.

James Lankford said...

Hey
I was assigned to read this as part of my EDM310 class at South Alabama. I think most teachers go through this. Its all in how we react to it that makes good teachers or bad teachers.
Miles
http://lankfordjedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Sabrina McAnally's EDM 310 Blog said...

Great Post!

My name is Sabrina and I am in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. As a prospective teacher who is about to enter the world of teaching, this blog was very informative, and speaks a lot about you! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and valuable lessons that you have learned through your first year teaching.

You can see my thoughts about your blog and more at mcanallysedm310fall2009.com

Jamie said...

Hi Mr.McClung,
My name is Jamie Lynn and I'm a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I wanted to thank you for posting about what you have learned as a first year teacher. It was very encouraging and insightful. I completely agree that teachers need to continue to learn. Nobody knows everything, and even teachers should be open to new ideas/information.
I made a few comments about your post in my class blog. http://lynnjedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/
Thanks!

Dara McDowell said...

Hi. I was assigned to read this as a part of an assignment for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I agree with all that you say and that these points are all important for teaching. You can see my blog at: mcdowelldedm310fall2009.blogspot.com.

Kimberly Windham said...

Hello, Mr. McClung,
I’m Kimberly Windham, an English Secondary Education major at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Strange required us to read this for his EDM 310 class. Thank you for sharing your reflections on your first year as a teacher. Once I’m finally teaching, I will try to keep in mind all of the tips you’ve shared with us.

Thanks again,
Kimberly Windham
(http://windhamkedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/)

shayla taylor said...

Hello! I was assigned to read this as a part of my assignment as well. It is for my Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I enjoyed reading your decision making! I will use those ideas towards my teaching methods! Thank you for taking the time out to discuss this matter! You can reach me at shaylatayloredm310fall2009.blogspot.com.

Samantha Sunderman said...

Thank you for enlightening me and shining a new light on becoming a teacher! As a requirement for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class, I enjoyed reading about your first teaching experience! Truly, I was worried about jumping into my own classroom, as most beginning teachers usually are, worrying about what I will do wrong. As I read your blog post, I have realized that my focus should not be about myself, but rather on my students. I will remember your wonderful advice in the next couple of years, as I step into the Education field. Thank you once again!
Samantha Sunderman
Here's my blog: http://sundermansedm310fall2009.blogspot.com
Twitter: SamySun

Autumn WigginsEDM310Blog said...

Hi Mr. McClung, My name is Autumn Wiggins and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am enrolled in a microcomputing systems course instructed by Dr. Strange. As a requirement, we had to read your post. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say. First time teachers need to know the things. I know it will surely help me to get all the advice I can. If you have any more comments, please leave them for us to read. We really appreciated you taking the time to post these comments that could really be beneficial to us one day.

Thank you,
Autumn Wiggins
http://wigginsaedm310fall2009.blogspot.com

Alexandria Hayes' EDM310 Blog said...

Hello,
I am an student of Dr. Strange at the University of South Alabama. He wanted us to read your blog as an assignment for our EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed reading about your experiences and what you learned your first year of teaching. I am a Secondary Education major and have been thinking about how my first year would be. I hope to put some of your suggestions to use in my own classroom one day.
I have made a few more comments about your blog on my blog at: http://hayesaedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Thanks,
Alexandria Hayes

Amanda Reed's EDM 310 blog said...

Hi,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am leaving you a comment for an assignment for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. My URL is : http://reedaedm310fall2009.blogspot.com

I really enjoyed your article. I am not yet experienced at all with the classroom setting, or how everything works. I only know about the classrooms I have entered for the past 18 years of my life. I understand that teachers should teach for the students and not find themselves lost in the idea of superiors. I want to be a teacher that is there for the kids, knows the curriculum, knows what standards need to be met, but yet make it a fun learning experience for the students. Some of the things you talked about in your article have been stamped in my memory, and I really hope I will be able to remember your story when my time comes to teach. Thank you very much for this blog post!

Laurin Karadimos said...

Mr. McClung, I enjoyed reading your post; thank you for your humble advice. I am also a student in Dr. Strange's class. I am studying to be a counselor/social worker, and I am a mother of two boys. Although I am not an education major, I found the wisdom you gained through teaching highly applicable to parenting. Whether they're yours from 8:00-3:00 or 24/7, working to shape young people into their best selves is an act of love. And in the process we are shaped, as well. The balance between facilitating growth and expecting too much takes continual adjustment. But, above the lessons we strive to teach them, isn't our example what impacts them the most? That's why I agree with your belief in remaining positive and flexible and truly listening: invaluable traits for life long learning no matter what age. Thanks again for sharing. http://karadimosledm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Caroline Shedd said...

Hey Mr. McClung. I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I just wanted to let you know that I read your blog and found it very interesting. I am so happy that I have finally read something that lets you know that things can and will go wrong in the classroom but to always bounce back and not have it affect you!! I am an Elementary Ed major at South and I will remember this blog when I venture out into the classroom and I know that it will help me out. Thank you! You can read my blog at http://sheddcedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/
Thanks!

Jessica said...

Hey Mr. McClung my name is Jessica DeBose and I attend the University of South Alabama. My professor Dr. Strange has brought me to your blog. I am an education major and I plan to teach second grade. I truly enjoyed your blog. Since I have changed my major to education, I have been hearing the same thing over and over again and it is helping me a lot. Your blog has given me more some encouragement to not be worried about the lesson plan situations because I am a big worrier. If you can, come to my blog site which is http://debosejedm310fall2009.blogspot.com to see more of my comments. Thank you!!!!

Cade Somers' EDM310 Blog said...

Mr. McClung, what most interested me about your post was your freshness in the field of education. Because I can relate, your experiences and perspectives help me to have a better idea of what the classroom will be like and what I must do to prepare to effectively educate the students, instead of successfully schmoozing administrators. Thanks for the advice. Click my name to visit my blog and a post with related commentary.

Cade Somers
University of South Alabama
Comment a result of required reading for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 TT 2 Class.

Fred Patterson said...

Hi Mr.McClung , I am Frederick Patterson from Dr.Strange EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama and I can agree with all your experience of being a successful teacher because in order to be a good teacher you do have to have control, but you got to be able make the connection with them by being understandable. But your blog can truly help others with encouragement.
For more view of more comments http://pattersonfrededm310fall2009.blogspot.com/
Thank you,

Stephanie Tinney's EDM310 Blog said...

Mr. McClung,
Hi, I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 Class at the University of South Alabama. I have enjoyed reading your blog about your first year of teaching. The thing that stood out to me the most was your thoughts about listening to the student. My son is in third grade and has a fabulous Principal. At all of the school functions he always encourages the parents to listen to their children. He says he does and makes him better able to serve them as their principal. I think that this is very important and is sometimes overlooked by many teachers and parents. It was great to hear you reiterate this point. Thank you for your insight.

Stephanie Tinney
http://tinneysedm310fall2009.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

I have read this post for my EDM 310 class. It was very inspiring to me and something that I may need to refer back to when I enter my first year teaching. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and helpful tips!

Hannah Cooper
http://cooperhedm310fall09.blogspot.com

deacon said...

I have read this post as a requirement for EDM310 class and I just wanted to say thank you for a great post

Angie said...

This is wonderful advice for any future teacher and I plan on using your tips in my classroom. I am taking a EDM 310 education course at South Alabama. I can tell that you put your students first and that is admirable. Thank you for this blog. I really learned a great deal from it.

Sincerely,
Angie Daughdrill
http://daughdrillaedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Tiffany said...

I have read this post as a requirment for my EDM 310 class. I found what you have said very helpful and useful for when I start teaching. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Tiffany Tuinder
http://tuindertedm310fall09.blogspot.com/

Brigit said...

My name is Brigit Johnson and I read this post as part of my requirement for my EDM 310 class. Thank you for sharing you experience and what you learned. I do not feel so nervous going into the classroom for the first time now. You can read my comments about your blog at:

http://johnsonbedm310fall09.blogspot.com/

Jim Fawcett said...

Hi Mr. McClung and thank you for the advice.
It seems to me that no matter what I think I will be stepping into when I become a teacher, that the only way to know if I'm being effective is by how the kids react.
I can attempt to be organized and learn all I can at University, but it is the class that will tell me if I am doing well. I am in Dr.Strange's EDM class and although this is a requirement of the course, free advice from someone who has just experienced what I am about to do is fantastic. I don't expect to nail my lessons the first time I give them, just to improve as I continue to teach and learn.
The advice you give about listening and understanding the children is great. Technology helps you integrate new upbeat lessons and also critiques you at the same time. I want to teach kids. I want them to try and learn everyday. The best advice you gave me was "Stay Positive." If the kids are not interested or bored then I am doing something wrong.

Thank you for the advice and it is great to see someone willing to learn and improve without being paid to do it.

Jim Fawcett
http://fawcettjedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Kimberly said...

Mr. McClung, I am from The University of South Alabama in Dr. Stranges EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed your blog. These are wonderful points a 1st time teacher needs to know. My comments can be found at www.gilleykedm310fall2009@blogspot.com

IndiaM said...

Mr. McClung, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. I'm sure that as a new teacher I will make many mistakes, and advice like yours can go a long way toward limiting the number of mistakes I make.

I am another one of the many students in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. My review of your post can be found at: http://mundeniedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Again, thank you for sharing with us.

India Munden

Megan Stewart said...

Hey Im megan from Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. And I want to thankyou for sharing this, I really agree with everything that has been said. It is very inspiring to me! THANKYOU!

Megan Stewart said...

a review of my blog post can be found at http:/stewartmedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Courtney DeFlanders said...

Hey my name is Courtney DeFlanders. This is a really good and helpful blog. A more detailed comment can be found at http:/deflanderscedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/.

Anthony said...

Hello and thank you for your insight Mr. McClung,
I too, was assigned this blog post as a requirement for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I read my peers' comments, and I struggled to find a new way to critique and thank you for your comments-- so I decided to pose a question for you. Technologically speaking, what was your most useful tool as a first year teacher (software, freeware, smartboard,.. anything)? I am eager to hear which tool you valued most. You can respond to my question through my class blog, http://cappsaedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/ or by email at awc802@gmail.com.
Thank you for your time,
Anthony

LaChandra Lett said...

Hi, I am LaChandra Lett and I read this post as a requirement for my class EDM 310. Sharing your experiences will help others become an effective teacher.Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us. I will definitely use this information in the future.
An in depth response can be found @ http://lettledm310fall2009.blogspot.com
email @ lachandralett392@gmail.com

Cinnamon Jernigan said...

Mr. Mclung,

Thank you for your wonderful blog post. I am not a teacher yet but your comments are a great start for those of us intending to teach. I find that several of your comments echo the instruction I am receiving as a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently a studend in Ms. Averitt's EDM 310 class and your blog was an assigned read. The advice you give seems to be very sound and I think it will be beneficial to anyone entering the teaching profession. I can be reached at http://jernigancedm310fall09.blogspot.com/ Thank you again!

Cinnamon Jernigan

nicky jittan's edm310blog said...

Thank you for sharing your experience as a first year teacher. I read your blog as a requirement for my EDM310 class. You can reach me on my blog at jittannedm310fall2009.blogspot.com if you need to. Your thoughts on teaching were really amazing. Keep up the good work

Hillary said...

Mr. McClung,

Thank you for your thoughtful end of the year reflection. I read your post as a requirement for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 course at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.

I absolutely agree that one of the most important things you can do for a student is to listen to and respect them. I think that in order for teachers to have a meaningful affect in the lives of students, he or she must have an idea about who that child is has a person, not just a student. Although we learn lots of helpful and effective teaching techniques during our classes and in student teaching, I feel that simple human compassion and care can often be our best teaching tools!

Thanks again for your post. You can see my blog for Dr. Strange's class at

http://polchowhedm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

I'm hope your second year is off to a great start.

Best,
Hillary

Jenna said...

Hi my name is Jenna DeAngelo and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr Strange's EDM 310 class and as a requirement he wanted us to read your page and blog about it. You can also see more of what I wrote on my blog page at deangelojedm310fall2009.blogspot.com

I think your post was amazing. It gives you a positive feeling also, when I was reading it, it made me excited about teaching and about being there for my students. You are definitely an innovator and your class is very lucky to have you as a teacher because of what your student wrote on your review, you listen. That is key you have to listen and let them know that even if they do not care, you do.

Lindsay Sanders said...

Hi, Mr. McClung, My name is Lindsay Sanders. I'm currently a junior at the University of South Alabama and I'm also an Elementary Education major. I really enjoyed your post! It made me feel really good about the fact that I won't be an amazing teacher when I first begin but that I will become better as my career continues. Thank you so much for your post, it's truly inspired me! if you would like to contact me, please view my blog! http://sandersledm310fall2009.blogspot.com/

Tiffany said...

Hi! My name is Tiffany I am in Dr. Strange's fall 2009 EDM 310 class and we read your blog as an assignment. My class blog is http://paultedm310fall2009.blogspot.com
I think that this is great that you learned so much in your first year. From what my teachers have told me all of the things you said were important they have already started telling me I need to remember! I hope that I will learn as much in one year as you did! Thank you so much for sharing this information!

Ryan said...

Hi. I'm Ryan from Dr. Strange's EDM 310 course. It is a breath of fresh air to get advice from a NEW teacher! It is easier to relate to someone who is new to the profession. Thank you so much for sharing your insight and suggestions! You can read my full response on my blog: http://rogersredm310fall2009.blogspot.com

InternCircle said...

Nice tips for interns, your posting gives valuable information about internships and how to choose the right ones. Check out www.interncircle.com as well when you have a chance as it looks like a great social networking and information site for interns.

Amberly Elmore said...

Hi Mr. McClung! I absolutely love this post, and frankly, I needed it. I work at an afterschool care and this can help me with that and when I graduate and become a full time teacher. Thanks for your thoughts!
I read this for my EDM 310 class with Dr. Strange, and I will be writing about this in my blog.

http://elmoreamberlyedm310.blogspot.com

Jessica Eaton said...

Hi Mr. McClung, I read your blog as a requirement for my EDM310 class with Dr. Strange. I'm majoring in elementary education. I found your last statement very useful; Never stop learning! How can we expect students to learn if we don't keep an open mind and do the same? Thank you for your thoughts. I will be writing my response to the reading in my blog.

http://eatonjessicaedm310.blogspot.com

David Mathis said...

Hello Mr.McClung,
I read your blog as a requirement for my EDM310 class, taught by Dr. Strange. I wholeheartedly agree with your post, and I hope that I will eventually be able to experience those things and such success when I become a teacher. Thank you so much for allowing everyone to see what you have learned in your first year of teaching.

http://davidmathisedm310.blogspot.com

Rachael said...

My name is Rachael Locklin and I am from Dr. Strange's edm310 class at South Alabama. I started reading your post for an assignment, but found it extremely interesting and helpful. I couldn't agree more with what you said about how important listening to students and communicating with co-workers.
I have posted more comments about your post on my blog at locklinrachaeledm310.blogspot.com. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us!

Caitlyn Warnberg said...

Hey, I'm Caitlyn Warnberg and I'm in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 Class. I had to read your blog for an assignment, but I'm glad I did read it. There is so much insight and so much to be gleaned. Hopefully my first year of teaching will be better because of the information that you were willing to share.

Dwight Jerkins said...

I really enjoyed your post. I think it's great advice for every first year teacher. I had to read you blog for an assignment in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 Class at the University of South Alabama. You can read my comments about your post on my blog at jerkinsdwightedm310.blogspot.com

Bliss Beasley said...

Hello! My name is Bliss Beasley and I am in the EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. It was very insightful. I hope that when I start my first year of teaching, I can have the same realizations you had. Being able to understand and respond to students is a necessity when it comes to teaching. Communication and flexibility are two things that, in my opinion, some teachers need to learn more of and for the teachers who know it, I'm sure they are able to connect with their students much better than the teacher who doesn't communicate and isn't flexible with their students. My full post is on my blog at beasleylaurenedm310.blogspot.com.

Brittany Ellison said...

Hi! I am in EDM310 with Dr.Strange. I really enjoyed reading your post. I go to the University of South Alabama and not yet a teacher but really looking forward to it! I'm glad I read your post because when talking to some of my teachers now, they tend to throw everything at you at once and it seems very overwhelming. I do look forward to being there for my students and listening to what they have to say as well as keeping a positive attitude with my fellow co-workers. I have a blog site that can be viewed at ellisonbrittanyedm310.blogspot.com

Thanks so much!

Katie Allsup said...

Hey, I am in EDM 310 with Dr. Strange here at the University of South Alabama; I read your post as a requirement for this course. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts about your teaching career. I look forward to incorporating many of your ideas into the classroom, once I become a teacher. I look forward to hearing from you! I have a blog that you can view at allsupkatieedm310.blogspot.com

Thanks you for sharing your thoughts!

Deborah Snowden said...

Hi there, I'm a student at the university of South Alabama. I read this post as a requirement for my EDM 310 course with Dr. Strange. I enjoyed reading your post and I will hopefully be able to incorporate your experience in my future classes. You can also view my blog at http://snowdendeborahedm310.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

Jamie Lynn said...

Mr. McClung,

My name is Jamie Lynn Miller, and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class, and I am majoring in Secondary Education. I appreciate you sharing your experiences as a first year teacher. I am a bit nervous about the first year, but your thoughts are extremely helpful. Even though I will be teaching high school, I know I can apply the ideas to my class. You can view my blog at http://millerjamielynnedm310.blogspot.com

Heather Ludwig EDM 310 Class Blog said...

My name is Heather Ludwig and I’m a Special Education Major at the University of South Alabama. You blog was given to me as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s spring 2010 EDM 310 class. I found your blog over “What I’ve Learned This Year” very helpful as a future educator.
My full comment can be found on my blog:
http://ludwigheatheredm310.blogspot.com
And my Twitter username is haludwig84

Tabitha Greenlee EDM310 said...

Thank you for this post. These are the things I believe make a good teacher. I am a student at South Alabama taking Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. It is good to know someone else as the same values.

Meghan Wallace said...

Mr.McClung: Thank you for sharing your expierences on your first of teaching. I, like so many others commenting on your blog go to South Alabama and read this as an assignment for my EDM310 class. And I am very glad that I did! For my full comments visit my blog.

Brittany South said...

My name is Brittany South, and I'm an elementary education major at University of South Alabama. I was assigned to come read this blog for my EDM 310 spring semester class, and I am glad I was assigned it. This post really made me think and told me somethings I hadn't thought about. I will use this information for my future career. Thank You! My full comment is on my blog at southbrittanyedm310.blogspot.com

Amber Grace said...

Mr. McClung,
I had to read this blog for an assignment for my EDM 310 class. I want to first say thank you for this inspiring post. I was very excited and scared at the same time about becoming a teacher. After reading your post I feel a lot better and more comfortable about it. I am a perfectionist to a certain point and I felt as if I was going to expect to much from my students and be to hard on them. Like you said, it is okay if you are not perfect, after all, who is? And for us all to remember who our audience is: our students. That everything does not always go as planned and that is okay to. I love the part where u express that teachers are here to pick the students up when they fall, dust them off and encourage them to try again. That is what it's all about. Great words. And yes, no teacher should be scared of technology, especially now. We should all be eager and thankful for the opportunity to continue learning. As well as LISTEN to our students. That is probably one of the most important things a teacher can do. Thanks again! :)

Brookie said...

Hi, My name is Brook McNair I was instructed to read your blog for my EDM 310 class. I must say I am glad I did. It is full of great advice from a teacher who has been where I am trying to go. The points you made about paying attention to your students were genius I can see how easy it could be to try and teach all you can and get lost in the fact that the students need help understanding the information. I will be writing about this blog on my blog my URL is http://mcnairbrookedm310.blogspot.com Thank you for your thoughts and what you have learned.

Jaimie Ellis said...

Good evening sir. My name is Jaimie Ellis, and I am reading this blog as a requirement for my EDM 310 class. I wanted to thank you for writing this blog, and let you know that I am quite interested in what you have to say about listening to your students. You can find my full reactions to you r blog at ellisjaimie310.blogspot.com

jessicamw1987 said...

Hi my name is Jessica Washington and I am a student in EDM315.I am a future educator that love working with childern. I would like to thank you for giving me tips that would help me in my classroom.You did a very good job at writing this blog...

pittdanielleedm310 said...

Hello, My name is Danielle And I read your post for my EDM310 class. Most of what you said was exactly what I am feeling before becoming a teacher. There are so many unknown factors that, to me is the scariest part. You post will help me deal with some of that fear. Thank you very much and good luck to you in your future teaching! Please come and visit my blog at http://pittdanielleedm310.blogspot.com/.

Rebecca Cowart's EDM 310 Blog said...

Hello, Mr. McClung! I am a college junior who came across your blog as part of an assignment for my EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I think you raised some good points about listening to your students and making lessons student centered. So often, we can get wrapped up in the test scores, student performance, and so on that we forget that school is really all about the students anyways. You can read my full reaction on my blog: www.cowartrebeccaedm310blog.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/rebeccaloraine

Thank you for this insight!

Katherine Perkins said...

Mr. McClung,

I really enjoyed reading your post. It was very inspiring to me who doesn't have too long until I will be into my first year of teaching. My name is Katherine Perkins and I'm a Junior at the University of South Alabama. Your post was a requirement for my EDM 310 class and I'm so glad that this was made a requirement. You may further read my comments regarding your post at my blog: http://perkinskatherineedm310.blogspot.com/

Thank you again for telling us about your first year experience.

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jaxon2015 said...

Mr. McClung,
I read your post as part of an assignment for EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama with Dr. Strange. You learned so much in your first year. I agree that we should never stop learning. Do you think that you learned more from your mistakes or accomplishments? You helped remind me that is important to set reasonable goals for yourself, as a teacher, and your students. Those are great words of advice. Thanks for your refreshing outlook. Hope you had a great second year! http://jacksonwandaedm310.blogspot.com/

Amber Fleming said...

Hello Mr. McClung!
My name is Amber and I read your post as an assignment for my EDM 310 class for the University of South Alabama! Dr. Strange posted a link for your blog and I have to say that it was a pleasure to read. Thank you for sharing your experiences! I hope that I can remember these things throughout my first year as a teacher and I hope that my first year is as successful as yours was! I can't wait to figure out my classroom. Your advice was greatly appreciated and I hope you stop by my blog to read more comments on this post!
http://flemingamberedm310.blogspot.com

Carl Herring said...

It read this post for a requirement for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I found this post to be very insiteful to future teachers, including myself. These are truely word of wisdom. There were many great points that you made, but my favorite was to be a good communicator and listener with your students. This proves that you genuinely care and respect them, and can positively affect the students and learning enviorment for all students in the classroom.

Mattthew McGee said...

I read your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. Your post is inspirational to say the least. We dont exactly what we are getting into until we enter that classroom. Above all we must remember that we are TEACHERS/LEARNERS and we must not forget the kids. You can check out my blogs at http://mcgeemattedm310.blogspot.com

Sandra McKenzie Napp said...

Thank you, Mr. McClung for being so candid with your first year reflections. It brought back many memories of my first year. I recall sharing some of the same feelings with my closest peers. It's nice to see that you are so honest and to allow the public to read of your experiences. I'm sure by reading your post many first year teachers can breathe a sigh of relief in knowing they are not alone.
I've read your post as an assignment at the University of South Alabama in my Edm310 class under Dr. John Strange. My blog address is www.nappsandraedm310.blogspot.com.

Penelope said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on teaching. I had to read your post as a requirement for my EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I truly enjoyed reading this. It showed me things that I would have thought I would have noticed and fail to do so. You can contact me at www.humenanskypenelopeedm310.blogspot.com

Thanks,
Penelope Humenansky

Dina Tillman said...

I have read your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. What great advice to be flexible when teaching a planned lesson. In the past, I have always been a planner and wanted things to go a certain, planned way. As a mother of two and a full time college student, I am already learning that things don't always go as planned, and to not get frustrated if they don't. I would not have been able to say that a year ago. I think it has made me a better mom and will hopefully make me a better teacher. You can read my full comments at http://tillmandinaedm310.blogspot.com/

Haley Green said...

Hey. I read this as an assignment for Dr. Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I loved everything you had to say. You pretty much summed up why I want to be a teacher. A teacher is someone a kid sees everyday, and maybe nobody else cares about them. A teacher is supposed to care about their students future, and the teacher may be the only one in that student's life who does care about their future. I am so excited to get into teaching, and helping kids. Thank you so much for writing this blog! You can reach me at greenhaleyedm310.blogspot.com/

Tiffany Lindell said...

Mr. McClung,

Hello. My name is Tiffany Lindell and I am taking an EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Strange had us read your entry for an assignment. I am really glad he did. I am a third year teacher in Mobile, Alabama. When I read your entry it sounded similar to my first year of teaching. I remember my student teaching and I was so worried about my superior watching me and scoring me on my "well planned out" lesson, that I did forget about my audience. During my first year of teaching I had teachers, parents, and some students telling me things that they thought I needed to know about teaching. When I realized that I was the only who taught my students day in and day out, I realized I had to do things on my own. After many of my "well-planned out" lessons did not work as I had planned them, I also realized that things may not go as planned. I actually learned a lot when they didn't. My students and I grew together and by the end of the year we had a blast. I changed my expectations and realized that not every day was going to be perfect. Now, in my third year teaching, I am still learning new styles, ideas, and technology. Every time I try something new with my students, I find it interesting to see if it works or not. During the journey though, I have had a lot of fun. I will be learning more and more each year and it makes me excited. I enjoy what I do and realized that not every year is the same. Thank you very much for sharing your first year experiences and thoughts. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. My URL is http://lindelltiffanyedm310@blogspot.com

Chelsea Steele said...

Mr. McClung,

I am also a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. This blog post was very enlightening, and it makes me feel more comfortable to enter my first year of teaching. I love getting advice from current teachers to get a better understanding of what I'm going into. Thanks so much for the advice. My full comment can be found on www.steelechelseaedm310.blogspot.com

Spring Taylor said...

Mr. McClung,
I am in EDM 310 as well at University of South Alabama. Your blog about your first year as a teacher really gave me a sense of what things I need to consider in my first year of teaching. The idea that communication and flexibility are important to consider, while having reasonable expectations of your student is vital information that every first-year teacher should know. Thanks for all the advice!

Adam Brining said...

My name is Adam Brining, and I read this post for my EDM 310 class with Dr. John Strange. I really enjoyed your post and appreciate what you have to share with us as future educators. I will be posting a comment about your blog on mine at briningadamedm310.blogspot.com

kym said...

My name is Kimberly McNorton and I am required to read this post for Dr.Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. This post was interesting and gave me lots to think about. From this post, I realized that I should get to know my students first in order to figure out how to better teach them. The fact that no lesson is perfect and communication is key when working with others helped me realize I have many more things to learn before I start my career. Thanks so much Mr. McClung, you have given me many things to think about and learn before I start my career as a teacher. I am so glad you shared your thoughts about your experience. I believe it will help prepare future teachers for what to expect in their first year. Thanks for sharing. i will be posting comments about you post on my blog at http://mcnortonkedm310.blogspot.com

Sherik Butler said...

Hi Mr. McClung!
I am an EDM310 student in Dr. Strange,s class as well. I loved your post. It was so honest and true. I am a former teacher taking this course for re-certification purposes. I can totally relate to what you are saying. It is sometimes discouraging when you put all of that time and effort into a lesson that you think the students will love only to find out it didn't go as well as planned. Just like you I have found that teachers have to be extremely flexible. Although I taught 2nd grade for five years in a row my lesson plans were never the same! Each year the dynamics of the class were so different that cookie cutter plans never worked. I too felt that good communication was the key to success. Keeping your colleges, students and especially the parents thoroughly informed often led to a successful year. Thank you for your insightful post. You can read my blog at http://butlersherikedm310.blogspot.com.

Brooke McQuillan said...

Hello Mr.McClung, My Name is Brooke. I am from Mobile Alabama. My class was assigned to read your blog and i must say that I have enjoyed this assignment the most so far. I am a elementary education major and your blog has made me look forward to my first year of teaching! I loved when you said our job as teachers is to pick them up after they fail, dust them off, and encourage them to try again! I truly believe in that! Thank you for sharing your first year of teaching with me!
BrookeMcQuillanedm310.blogspot.com
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Denise Vallas said...

Hi Mr. McClung, my name is Denise Vallas and I am reading this blog for my EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I loved your honesty and It's comforting to know we don't have to be perfect as teachers, we need to learn as we go. I learned in my classroom management class that the four stages of teaching are fantasy, survival, mastery, and impact. Who knows how long it will take us as teachers to move from one stage to the other. Thank you for sharing your experience. Loved it!!

http://MaiTimothyedm310 said...

Dear Mr. McClung, my name is Tim Mai and I am reading this blog as part of my EDM 310 class with Dr. Strange at the University of South Alabama. I just wanted to say that you gave some pretty good advise I plan to use as a teacher in the future. I was really impressed and never really thought about teachers pushing their students too hard and remembering they are still children. I myself had always had high expectations for others but will learn to lighten up once in the classroom. I just wanted to say thank you again and my own blog is located at www.maitimothyedm310.blogspot.com

Alicia said...

I wish that the lessons you experienced were lessons that were taught or spoke of more in a classroom. I'm currently in school to become a teacher, and what you have learned is something that is not mentioned in classrooms. It seems to me that no matter how hard schools try to prepare us for taking on a full classroom, a person never really understand until you get there. I enjoyed reading your post so much, and it gave me so much to remember and look forward to when I take on a classroom of my own!

Sandra Stacey said...

Hey Mr. McClung, My name is Sandra Stacey and i was required to read your blog for an assignment in the EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post. You know as a future educator you alays dream of your first day in your own classroom with all your new students. Well believe me i have taken your notes to heart and plan to keep reading them throughout my first year so that i can be the best i can, not only for myself but for my students as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts i believe that it will help a lot of teachers their first year on the job. My blog is located at www.staceysandraedm310.blogspot.com

Johnneshia said...

First, I would like to say that you are totally right about the all of the things you have said in your post. My name is Johnneshia and I am a student in EDM 310 with Dr. Strange. I am not yet a teacher, but everything that you have said make complete sense. Yet most people lose sight of this once they become teachers. This will hopefully open some eyes or perhaps teach future teachers what to do.

Jessica Purvis said...

Hi, I read this blog for Dr. Strange's EDM310 class I took at the University of South Alabama. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts on teaching, I am not yet a teacher but I cant get enough of any free advice on how to be a good one. My philosophy on teaching is listening to the student and that no matter the student and their learning comes first, i'm glad to see someone agrees with me. You can contact me on twitter @jmpurvis. You can also read my blog http://purvisjessicaedm310blogspot.com

zpf701 said...

I have read this post as a requirement for my class, EDM 310, at the University of South Alabama. I found this post to be very genuine and something that, for me as a future educator, I can take with me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts from your first year of teaching. I hope to stay positive as you did.
My blog is forezacharyemd310.blogspot.com
Email is zpf701@gmail.com

Lauren Germany said...

Mr. Mcclung,

I have read your post as a requirement for my EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I just want to say that I believe every teacher to be needs to read this post. Thank you for telling us what you learned, I look forward to the same experiences. If you would like to see my full comments you can visit my blog, germanylaurenedm310.blogspot.com.

Thank you!

Sam Blackman said...

Mr. McClung,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama and i read your post as a requirement for EDM 310. I really enjoyed your post and found much of your information insightful and useful for my future in the classroom. Your point about listening to your students I thought was the most important. A teacher has such a influential place in children's lives. Thanks again for all of your interesting thoughts. Keep up the good work. You can read about my thoughts on your post at blackmansamedm310.blogspot.com.

May Krasovich said...

Mr. McClung,
I am a student of Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. The information that you have generously shared has not only been enlightening but will also be helpful in the future. Their are too many educator that are only worried about what their supervisors think, instead of what the children are thinking. I agree that lessons should be student centered apposed to teacher centered. If the children that are in your classroom are not learning your not doing your job. The soul purpose of being a teacher to teach children, not make your supervisor "happy". Hopefully this blog has opened the eyes of narrow minded educators. You may contact me at:
krasovichmayedm310.blogspot.com

Leigh Ankersen said...

Mr. McClung,
My name is Leigh Ankersen and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I read your post as a requirement for EDM 310. I really enjoyed everything you had to say and I would have to agree with you on the fact that a lot of teachers get frustrated when all their expectations are not met by teachers. I work in an elementary school right now and I have witnessed everything you said in your post at least once. Thank you for such insight on what to expect (or not expect) in the first year of teaching. If you would like, you may read my thoughts on my blog at ankersenleighedm310.blogspot.com. Thank you again!

Jessica Ferris's EDM310 Blog said...

Required reading or not, this was very insightful! I, too, am in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama, and I am internalizing this very important and helpful information about teaching my future students. Thank you for your insight. I'm really interested in reading some of your other blogs, and I hope you may be interested in reading some of mine; I'm still learning! - so keep that in mind. :)

http://ferrisjessicaedm310.blogspot.com

Lauren Walker said...

I really enjoyed on what you had to say in your essay. My name is Lauren Walker and I am in the class EDM 310. I agree with what you had to say about never stop learning and what you had to say about communication. I believe that this is very important. Your essay was great and thanks again!!

Rachel McGuire said...

Hello Mr. McClung!

My name is Rachel McGuire and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I am glad that we were required to read your entry because I love such positive advice that you have written. I find all of these tips helpful and will be more confident as I go into my first days of teaching elementary education. I liked your tip about taking interest in the lives of your students because it means a lot to them. It helps me to know this so that I can connect with my future students. Thank you so much for this post and the enlightening remarks that you have shared! This will be a great help with my teaching future. You are welcome to read my remarks of your post on my blog, mcguireracheledm310.blogspot.com. Thank you so much!

Monica Shaner said...

Hello! My name is Monica Shaner and your blog was part of my assignment for Dr. Strange's EDF 310 at University of South Alabama for this week. I really enjoyed reading your post. I need to remind myself to read your blog when I'm in my first year of teaching. If you would like to follow my blog, I would really appreciate it. Thanks again I really enjoyed reading!

Poppy Bednoz said...

Greetings! I got the opportunity to read your post as an assignment for my EDM 310 class at University of South Alabama. Your post was good read. You brought up points that many teachers and future teachers hear but never put into action or just seem to forget. Your post was a good refresher of some crucial techniques that teachers should use in their classrooms. The emphasis that you placed on the importance of listening to your students was invaluable, this factor cannot be stressed enough. I look forward to reading more of your posts, thank you for sharing your experiences! If you have time, you are more than welcome to visit my blog at http://bednorzpauletteedm310.blogspot.com.

Amy Stork said...

MR. McClung,
I am a student in Dr.Strange's EDM 310 class and this was an assigned reading in his class and I am very glad it was. I am not a teacher yet but I can only imagine being overly worried about trying to please and impress my superior and not the children. That very thing is something that I really haven't giving any thought to until now. Since the students are the real reason we are there then it only makes since to do our best to make sure that they have the best of us every day. I bookmarked your blog so that I can read it again when I do start teaching because I think it will help me be a better teacher to my students!
Thanks again, Amy Stork

You can contact me by twitter (nickash520) and my class blog is http://storkamyedm310.blogspot.com

mckinnellkellyedm310 said...

My name is Kelly McKinnell and I read this post for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I loved this post andffeel that it would be a great idea for every teacher to read this! Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone! Please feel free to contact me at http://mckinnellkellyedm310.blogspot.com/

Carlo said...

An excellent post summarizing exactly the methods and traits that teachers need and need to use in their classrooms.
I am Carlo Freda of Dr. Strange's (not the Marvel Super hero) EDM310 class.
A teacher needs to listen and learn as well as teach. "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind," a Bruce Lee quote that expresses the need for flexibility. You need flexibility in not only your curriculum, but also your methods overall.
Feel free to contact me or check out my blog at fredacarloedm310.blogspot.com

Tiffany Clark said...

Hello, my name is Tiffany Clark. I read your blog as an assignment for my EDM 310 class with Dr. Strange at University of South Alabama. I love reading your experiences and your advices, especially the one about flexibility and communication. I will use all of your advices for when I become a teacher!! If you would like to read my post about your blog, you can find it on http://ClarkTiffanyedm310@blogspot.com/

Thank you very much and I really enjoyed reading your blog!! God Bless!!

Paula Casallo said...

Mr. McClung,

I am sure you get sick of hearing this but...I am a student of the University of South Alabama and this was required reading for my EDM class taught by Dr. Strange. Although it was REQUIRED, I did appreciate all the things you had to say. Live and Learn is the motto for life and with kids this is especially true. In teaching, you have so many children with so many different personalities and learning styles that it is impossible to STICK TO A PLAN always. I do believe that Plans are IMPORTANT but you must be willing to be flexible so that learning takes place. I am a little controlling at times so I believe this will be the hardest part for me in my teaching career. I just want to always that these are children and what is most important is that they learn in a safe and enjoyable environment. THANKS for your blog. I enjoyed it. You can contact me at http://casallopaulaedm310.blogspot.com.

Chelsie Funderburg said...

My name is Chelsie Funderburg. I am a student of Dr. Strange at the University of South Alabama. I love this post! It's a great reminder to educators! It's simple and straight to the point. I completely agree with everything you wrote in this post! Please feel free to check out my blog at funderburgchelsieedm.blogspot.com for more of my comments and thoughts.

Amanda said...

Mr. McClung,
I really enjoyed your post and love the tips that I can use to teach my future students. You have a great view of educating and I bet you are a wonderful teacher. Please continue to share your thoughts and things that you are learning. I am a student in EDM 310. You can check on more of my comments about your blog at http://sullivanamandaedm310.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful day!

James Lankford said...

Hi My name is Miles Lankford. Like most of the others posting I am at South Alabama in Dr. Strange's class. My blog is lankfordmilesedm310.blogspot.com
I'm on twitter as Dragsterking.

Angela Greene said...

Mr. McClung, I am also a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I truly enjoyed reading your blog as it was extremely heartfelt and insightful. I am not yet a teacher, but I can tell you that you gave me a great piece of advice: "No lesson is ever perfect. The lesson you teach and the one you plan are always different." I am a huge perfectionist, and I know this will be a huge obstacle to overcome. Thank you for your great tips! I look forward to reading some more of your posts!

Kathleen said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I had to read this as an assignments for my EDM 310 course and I am so glad I did. You have highlighted what I think are some of the most important ideas that we should know going into the field of education. I posted something on my blog if you would like to see some of what I thought.

Brittany Heiss said...

As a requirement for my Micro-computing class with Dr. Strange, I have read your post and really enjoyed it. Your tips are very useful. My blog for this class can be found at http://heissbrittanyedm310.blogspot.com/2010/02/wikipedia-and-mr-mcclung.html feel free to visit any time. Thank you for sharing.

Cuong Do said...

I also read this for EDM 310. This Blog is amazingly honest. I have also developed these talents over the years. However, that last tip is one that many people take for granted. Everyone seems to believe that once they graduate, they are done. I will agree that once you get that diploma, most of the book work is done, but it doesn't mean that the learning is over. There are always new things that you can learn from text, but more importantly, you can take the freedom away from the texts as an opportunity to learn from your fellow man. I personally believe that we will be learning until the day we die and I still stand by that.

You can follow my thoughts on my blog at:
docuongedm310.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

I read your blog as a requirement for EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Awesome summary of a first year teacher. It made me recall my first year of teaching and he actually thought more in depth than me. Curriculum should be student based. It makes it more enjoyable for the class and a joy for you the teacher. Interaction and absorption is what we as educator's crave. I love that my students trusted me. They told me more things that at times I did not want to hear. Communication is a great tactic to absorb yet in a realistic world not all adults know how to communicate. Some people take directness as a superior attack instead of a mature attempt to solve a situation. There are no perfect teachers is what this blogger summarized. I agree. Teaching is a craft and each student, each year, each school is a different project to conquer. Overall, I loved this blog. No matter the task this teacher realizes his career was not at all about him. It was all about what would he contribute to the future of this world. If you have any concerns you can read my blog at mcquieterlaurieledm310.blogspot.com or at danilogn on twitter. I appreciate you sharing your experience first year teacher.

Jackie G. said...

Thank you for sharing your first year reflection!

I am a student at the University of South Alabama earning my teaching certificate for secondary education, math. As a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 course, we are exposed to teachers around the world. Your blog is one of the items he's sent our way. If you're interested, you can log into the EDM310 blog,http://edm310.blogspot.com/ or my blog,http://gorskijacquelineedm310.blogspot.com/.

I certainly appreciate you taking the time to share your first year experiences with us. I would love to hear about year two.

Keeping the lessons and day student centered is something that I'll definitely keep in mind when planning and presenting. Flexibility and listening seem so common sense, but at the same time, not always easy when considering the pressures of staying on schedule. I'm not familiar with the Missouri systems, but in Alabama, we have this pacing guide. I saw one last semester when working with a public school teacher. It was crazy! The guide had the date and the text section that the teacher was to be on that day and time to meet the standardized test dates. If the kids didn't understand the lesson, she had very little, actually almost no time, to deliver a second time. I think the challenges the first year really lie in delivering the material well (student centered)in the timeframe.

I look forward to reading about any strategies you have learned these first two years of your career.

Jackie Gorski
http://gorskijacquelineedm310.blogspot.com/

Lauren Loper said...

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on your first year of teaching. A lot of teachers do not like to admit their faults or things they should have done, but you have no problem admitting these things and that definitely sets you apart as a teacher. I am a student in EDM 310 at South Alabama. My professor had us read your post as an assignment and I am glad he did. There are two things that I really agree with you on and that is 1) Use Technology! and 2) Never Stop Learning! I plan to extensively use technology in my classroom. Although it is scary, I have learned to get over the fear and embrace all the positive aspects of it for the world of education. Also, it is my main goal to never stop learning. I feel that if you go into the field of education then you truly have a desire to learn, not only teach. There is so much to be learned from co-workers as well as our students and we should embrace every moment and opportunity!

loperlaurenedm310.blogspot.com
lkl801@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

stacy fox said...

I have read your blog as part of a requirement for me edm 310 class. I enjoyed your comments and I'm sure they will be helpful to me in my future as a teacher.
Here is a link to my comments on the blog
http://foxstacyedm310.blogspot.com/2010/02/week-5-feb14.html

Sheree Orso's EDM310 Blog said...

Mr. McClung, I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class and reading your post was our assignment this week. I'm so glad that it was. I feel that all your points were true. I think that we do have to be constant learners and be sure to be listeners as well. Thanks!!!
My class blog is... orsoshereeedm310.blogspot.com

Donte Rome said...

I'm a student at South Alabama and we read your blog as an assignment for class. I think that your advice is very helpful and i'm sure upcoming teachers are, including me, taking notes on your tips. I especially like the one that says to listen to your students because it comforts them knowing you care making them more susceptible to listening to you.

Thank you for sharing Mr. McClung. Contact me at http://romedontejedm310.blogspot.com/ if you have anymore advice. It will be well appreciated.

Tracy Traylor said...

Hi, I'm a student at the University of South Alabama, in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I'm so glad he has directed us to the 'teachers desk blog' and to this post.
What a exciting and frighting year it must be as a 1st year teacher! Thank you so much for your tips! I also believe that communication is key to problem solving. As a Special Education teacher, I know that communication and collaboration will be key to working with the General Edu teacher!
I will be regularly checking this blog so keep the advice coming!!

Thanks again, Tracy Traylor
traylor.tra1@blogspot.com

Angela Gagliano's EDM 310 Class Blog said...

Mr. McClung,
I am a student at the University of South Alabama and in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed your post, especially the part about Listen to Your Students. I think that is one of the most important things to do. I felt your post was filled with good advice and sincerity. Thank you for this post.

Angela Gagliano
http://gaglianoangelaedm310.blogspot.com/2010/02/on-wikipedia-and-what-ive-learned-this.html

Alex Weldon said...

Mr. McClung,
Hi my name is Alexandria Weldon, and i am a student at the University of South Alabama. I take Dr.Strange for EDM 310. I really enjoyed your post. I want to thank you for your advice it has been a big help. Thank you again, I hope to hear from u again.

Alexandria Weldon
WeldonAlexandriaedm310.blogspot.com

Taylor Williams edm said...

Hi my name is Taylor Williams and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Strange is me EDM 310 instructor. The experience you shared with us is an inspiration. When you first become a teacher, you are gungho and think you are there to save the world. You gave us a look into what we can expect and for that I thank you.

adebyser said...

Hi Mr. McClung fantastic post, my name is August Debyser i'm a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently enrolled in Dr. Stranges EDM310 course. I had to read your blog as a requirement for his class, it was a pleasure great ideas thank you so much for sharing. I have commented more in detail at my blog
http://debyseraugustedm310-adebyser.blogspot.com

Meg said...

Hello there...My name is Meg and I am also in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. I enjoyed your blog very much. Easy, simple and to the point. Best part of all...it was all too true! Of course my favorite part was about centering things around the children. It almost seems like the most obvious thing to do as an instructor, but often times we forget that, but I thank you for reminding me. :)

You can contact me at meganmcdonald53@gmail.com

Rachel Hernandez said...

Hello, my name is Rachel and i am in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class and we were required to read this blog and i must say that i found it to be very insightful. I liked the part when you said that we need to remember that the lesson planned will always be different than the one that is taught. I have also commented on your blog within my personal blog. if you are interested in reading here is the address.

http://hernandezracheledm310.blogspot.com/

Cheers,
Rachel

BuzbeeRyanEDM310 said...

Thank you Mr. McClung I am a student of Dr. Strange and most likely would have never read this if he hadn't assigned this for us I really enjoyed your post this post will be very helpful for new teachers.

Jenny Turner said...

As part of an assignment I had to do for class I read your post. I really enjoyed it though and thought it was very helpful for all new teachers that read it and I hope I will be able to carry on the knowledge I learned from this post.

Jamie Anderson said...

Mr. McClung, thank you for taking the time to put what you learned during your first year teaching into words,so that us aspiring teachers can take what you learned into our classrooms when we start teaching.

Allie Anderson's EDM310 Blog said...

Hello! I am reading your blog as a part of Dr. Stranges EDM 310 class atthe University of South Alabama. I can be reached at andersonallieedm310@blogspot.com. I enjoyed what you have shared with us in this blog. I believe deeply in the comments that you have made that teachers should never stop learning and that you need to be flexible in your classroom. I think that to be an effective teacher you must also be a great learner. Also, If you are not flexible in your lesson plans then your children may never feel comfortable in your classroom, because they may never get to share their true feelings about assignments.

Heather Love's EDM 310 Class Blog said...

Hello Mr. McClung! My name is Heather Love and I am reading your blog as an assignment for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I love your thoughts and advice from your first year of teaching. Your advice has just inspired me even more to teach. I especially love your advice about not getting upset with students when they do not meet the goals we set for them. My favorite piece of advice though is not to get upset about our lessons not going perfectly. We must be flexible because our students are still just children and there will be days where they will not concentrate or do their assigned work. I hope your second year of teaching went well! You may reach me at the following e-mail address or on my blog at the above link: lovehl122486@gmail.com

crystalrutherford said...

Hello, my name is Crystal Rutherford and I am a student in Dr. Stranger’s EDM 310 class. I have really enjoyed reading your post. Your words have encouraged me to strive to be an outstanding and dedicated teacher one day. I know when I start teaching I’m going to have to build my confidence each day. Your comments inspired me to keep going forward and always never forget the importance of learning something new! Check out my blog at http://rutherfordcrystaledm310.blogspot.com/

Stephen said...

Hey Mr. McClung,

My name is Stephen Akins and I want to become a science teacher for high school students. I really have enjoyed reading your comments and advice and I really think I can use this in years to come. Thanks for this great guideline and I am definitely going to keep this in my files to refer back to.

I am a student in Dr. Strange's edm310 class and I was assigned to comment and post my comments on my blog. Feel free to visit my blog and the class blog: EDM 310

Tyler Tuveson said...

Mr. McClung, I have read your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama.

Thank you so much for your advice and for sharing your experience as a first year teacher. I wish more teachers out there would do this and I plan to do so after my first year of teaching.

I will especially keep in mind what you said about being flexible and reasonable. These are two thing I know I will have to work at. You can read more of my reactions to your post on my blog.

-Tyler Tuveson

Maeghan Whitmire said...

Mr. McClung,
I have read this post as an assignment in Dr Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I want to thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. This was a great post to read for a future teacher like myself. Two parts that really stuck out to me were communication and never stop learning. Communication is one of the most important things in every day life. That is a very important skill to obtain. The never stop learning thing is what we have been learning about in EDM310. Technology is always changing and so is a lot of other things. We, as teachers, have to stay on our game so we will be able to teach our students to their full potential. I know it will be a learning experience every day. Thank you again! If you would like to visit my class blog and see what else we have been doing in EDm310, you are more than welcome!

My Class Blog

Shoronda Charles said...

Hi Mr. McClung!
I am Shoronda Charles, and I am also a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. Unlike most posts that we are required to read in that class, your post showed the "HUMAN" side of teachers. Even though it was included, this post was not ALL about technology. I liked the way you pointed out the areas of improvement in your teaching style and learned from those mistakes instead of making your students adapt to your teaching style. I am also taking another course at the University of South Alabama that touches heavily on on many of the things you discussed. It's called Teaching Education in a Diverse Society. I think that course and this post are preparing me to become a more well-rounded educator. Thank you for sharing this post and letting people know, especially future educators, that it is normal to make mistakes, show emotions, and build respectable relationships in your teaching. I also have a blog, http://charlessedm310.blogspot.com . Feel free to visit and comment on any of my posts!! Thank you for this great post!!

Ashley J said...

Hi Mr.McClung,
My name is Ashley Johnson and I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I agree with you about teachers not making their lesson plans student centered. I think some teachers develop their lesson plans so that it looked good to other teachers and administrators. It is not the job of a teacher to impress other teachers, but to teach our students. Therefore, the students should be the focal point of our lessons. Thank you for sharing your experience as a first year teacher. Your thoughts were great! Feel free to visit my blog My Blog . Thank again for the post!

sam gates said...

Hello Mr. McClung my name is Sam Gates and I am also one of Dr. Strange's students. I will have to admit that out of about 200 blog posts I have read in the last two weeks this one spoke to me the most. Your "plan of teaching" is laid out perfect for anyone who is having any problems with teaching. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. If you would like to see the comments on my blog that I made about yours, here is the link to mine. http://gatessamueledm310.blogspot.com/.

sam gates said...

Also my email address is gatesboy15@gmail.com.

sjh402 said...

Mr McClung, I am following your post for Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful post. This is a great guideline that other first year teachers should partake in. Being able to put in words what worked and what did not, is a great way to keep tabs of your teaching efficiency. You seem to care very much about your students, and I highly admire this. Feel free to check out my blog: hendrixsaraedm310.blogspot.com

Christi said...

Mr. McClung,
I had to read your blog as an assignment for my EDM 310 class and I am so glad I did. Your blog is inspiring! It takes the stress out of the first time going into the classroom becoming a teacher. You seem so laid back and flexible. I would love to sit in on one of your lessons. I think it's important that you do not think your students are perfect because the only person that is perfect is God! People make mistakes, have bad days, etc. I'm glad you stated you should not be scared of a computer. I work at a place where everyone is scared to touch the computer. I've explained to them that it will not bite them and I can fix anything they mess up! I was also very interested that you stated lessons should be student centered and have gotten away from that. This is so true. I truly enjoyed your blog! http://turnerchristiedm310.blogspot.com

Nichole said...

Hi Mr. McClung

My name is Nichole Hassell and I am also one of Dr. Strange's EDM 310 students.

I really enjoyed your post and I am glad that you shared this reflection of your first year of teaching. I completely agree with you about student centered lessons and that teachers should be learners too. The mindset of authority and "burp back education", as Dr. Strange likes to call it, should be broken and transformed into a "We're all learners here" atmosphere.

Thanks once again for sharing this and if you would like to view my blog just click the link.

P.S.: Is the first year of teaching really like "being thrown to the wolves"?

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James Marshall said...

I have read your post for Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. Thank you for sharing your first year experiences, as I will soon be a teacher. I really liked the part about listening to your students. Listening is a real skill that all of us should continually work on. you can contact me at Email My class blog is My blog My twitter name is Twitter

Barry Gartman's EDM310 Class Blog said...

My name is Barry Gartman, and as requirement for Dr. Strange's class, EDM310 I am commenting on your blog.
First, I have to it was very insightful as a soon to be teacher. You covered almost all my fears about becoming a teacher. I hope my first year goes well, but if it does not, I will come back and re-read this! Thank you in advance!
Feel free to click here to view our class blog, or here to view my class blog.

Alana Carpenter said...

Hello Mr. McClung,
I am, also, a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. We were assigned to read this particular post and respond to it. I really appreciate your self-evaluation. It is refreshing to know being perfect is not a requirement for teaching, but striving to do better is. I enjoyed your suggestions about communicating and not stressing over technology. In addition, I can empathize with lessons not always going as planned. Thank you for imparting some knowledge and voicing your experiences through this post. If you would like to see some other comments about your post or some interesting technology Dr. Strange has been teaching us check out my blog. You can also contact me through twitter. Keep teaching and learning, and post about it all.

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Katie Watson's EDM310 Blog said...

Hi!. My name is Katie Watson. I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM310 class. I really enjoyed reading your post. It was very encouraging to me! I agree with you on the fact that teachers should continue to be learners. This is something that is becoming really important to me as I continue on this journey. Thank you again for posting this encouraging message that I will continue to come back to and read on a consistent basis! You can check out my class blog at The EDM Class Blog .

Melissa said...

Hi, my name is Melissa Jones and I am also in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I am an elementary education major. Thank you for sharing your comments about what you learned your first year of teaching. I will definitely take your advice when I start teaching. I think it is great how you try to relate and communicate with your students. You seem very open minded and I think that is necessary for teachers. You can read further comments on my blog page. Also my twitter name is monetmelody.

Christina Motes said...

Hi Mr. McClung!

As some of your previous comments, I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am pursuing my degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics. I am currently in Dr. Strange's EDM310 Class and was assigned to read your blog post.

I am very thankful that I was assigned this particular assignment. I think your findings as a new teacher will be beneficial to new teachers starting in the field as well as experienced teachers. There is a tremendous amount of truth in everything that you have said. So thank you for sharing.

I have made a brief summary on my personal blog about the things that I have read here and my reactions to them. Please feel free to review this and correct anything you see. I am definitely learning and could use all the help I can get.

~Christina Motes~
My Class Blog
Email Me

Kimberly Tharp's EDM310 Blog said...

Mr. McClung,
Well said! You probably never thought you would recieve 200 comments on your post, or that people would be reading it a year later, but your insights and reflections demonstrate all of the qualities Dr. Strange is trying to instill into his students through EDM 310. You advocate lifelong learning, self-evaluation and flexibility, clear communication, and adaptation of lesson plans based on learning outcomes, all of which Dr. Strange is passionate about. Thank you for sharing this reflection with the world. In my response to your post, which can be found on my blog, I mentioned that I feel you were a really good teacher in your first year, but your second year was going to be excellent. I would love to hear your reflections now that you have a second year behind your.

Thank you again for sharing,
Kimberly Tharp

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