Sunday, July 1, 2012

Blog post #9

Teacher Cartoon

What I've learned this year"
This blog post by Mr. Joe Mclung reflected on his first year of teaching school 2008-2009 school year at an elementary school. Mclung discussed several topics in his post. He described how most new teachers focus so much on the delivery of the information that they forget to see if the students are comprehending. He also mentions how teachers have to teach from a lesson plan and how that can be difficult. It is still possible to stick with the plan while also being flexible. He says that teachers should always listen to the students, and also to not forget to communicate. The last thing he mentioned was to Never stop Learning. He says that educators are working in a learning environment so to soak up as much as you can!! I enjoyed this post about his first year as an educator. I know that every persons experience is going to be different, but I think that this post will be helpful to new teachers. New teachers may be nervous and also inexperienced and this post could be used as helpful hints for new teachers.

"What I learned this year"

This second Post by Joe Mclung talked about his second year teaching. He talked about how everything changed because he was at a new school. This shocked me because this is something that I didn't really think about. Teachers can be moved to new schools until they get tenure. I am not sure if this is what happened to Mr Mclung. In this post he describes the school year and also gives tips to help make a teaching job easier. He mentions all the changes and the things that were new to him for the year. He says one thing that teachers have to be able to do is adapt. One year you may be teaching 5th graders and the next teaching 9th graders. You have to learn how to change your way of teaching. He also mentions to find a school mom which he describes as someone who has been at the school for a long time that will help you out! A useful tip that he gave was to not be afraid to make a fool of yourself to help your students learn. It reminded me of a time that I was in the 9th grade and my teacher came in a Victorian style dress to explain how they dressed during the Victorian period. Mclung mentioned that he "got the big head" after his first year of teaching and has now realized that he has to be humble. He has realized that he does not know everything. Great post! This is again something that will be very helpful to new and old teachers because there is always an opportunity to learn something new.


  1. Hey Jamie.

    I also read Mr. McClung's post from his first year of teaching. I agree that, even though everyone's first year experiences will be different, this post can be be helpful for new teachers. I know I took a lot in while I was reading this and will use it to help me.

    I can see how it would be difficult once you get used to teaching one grade and then get switched to another grade. Teachers have to be able to adapt to new grades, students, and subjects. I like that he mentions not to be afraid to make a fool of yourself to help your students learn. I have stories that I can remember about my teachers that are similar to the story about your 9th grade teacher. When teachers do things like that, you really don't forget it.

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. Good luck with the rest of the semester!

  2. Jamie,

    As usual you did an awesome job on your blog post this week. I love the picture illustration you used in your blog. It is scary that teachers can be moved around so much from grade to grade and therefore should never get settled and comfortable in one position. As you stated, teachers have to be prepared and able to tackle whatever tasks is thrown to them. I really enjoyed Mr. McClung's different blogs and how he shared with us all on the changes that come year to year as a teacher. You did a great job explaining all about McClungs points illustrated. Keep up the good work!

  3. Hello Jamie,

    Back again. Just pretend I'm Jacey-Blaire. I'm sure she leaves really great comments. Anyway, I know that when I was an EDM310 student that Mr. McClung's posts were some of my favorite of the entire semester. I learned a lot from his experiences and I was grateful that he decided to share them with the world.