I chose to read What I Learned this Year (2008-09) because I wanted to see what it was like for him, his first year. I will be having my first year sooner than I think. I wanted to see how Mr. McClung done with his first year and if there was any tips for me for my first year.
Like I mentioned already this is the first year of teaching for Mr. McClung. This blog post really hit home with me. Everything he addressed in his first year, are things that I am kind of nervous about for my first year of teaching. I tend to beat myself up over things that I could have done better to make my lessons better, and when things do not go just right I like to beat myself up over that. I just really like things to run smoothly. After reading Mr. McClung's post, I feel more confident in just more so going with the flow, and if things do not go how I want, or intended it to go then it will be a lesson learned.
The next blog I chose was What I Learned This Year (2010-11). I chose this one because it was his third year of teaching. I wanted to see the changes he had made, and the growth that happened over the past couple of years.
His third year teaching, and Mr. McClung still seems more enthusiastic about his job. I really liked the part about not being afraid of being an outsider. From elementary school all the way up until the time we get jobs in the real world, we still seek to fit in. Everybody wants to fit in, be "cool", and feel accepted. But I like the fact that Mr. McClung focuses on his students instead of worrying about fitting in with the other teachers. Our students should come first, and that is what he is doing. This blog posts have been really encouraging and inspiring to me. I am planning on saving his blog to my favorites, or possibly my PLN so I can continue to read his yearly blog posts about the things he has learned from the year. I think they are good to read over and take advice from as future educators!