What I've Learned This Year - a blog post by Mr. McClung
This blog was written after the Mr. McClung's first year of teaching in Missouri. He makes some amazing points:
- The Audience (Students) Must Drive The Instruction
- No Lesson Is Ever Perfect. The Lesson You Plan & The Lesson You Teach Are Always Different
- Communication Is The Best Way To Resolve Any Issue
- Don't Build Expectations Higher Than Can Be Met By The Students. Remember, We Are Working With Children
- Technology Is Essential To Our Lives... Do NOT Be Afraid Of It
- Listen To Your Students, You May Be The Only One Who Does
- Never Stop Learning! We Owe It To Our Students (And Ourselves)
He makes great observations of things I can imagine we would commonly forget during the busy life of a first year teacher! Thinking about what he said, these are not only good rules to use in the classroom, but also good rules to use throughout life itself!
I hope that after my first year in my own classroom that I am able to turn around and have such wonderful things to remind myself about my classes. I foresee myself looking back at these rules for years to come!