Thursday, July 1, 2010
Blog Post 8
What I've Learned This Year" by Mr. McClung
In Mr. McClung’s post, he shares his experience as a first-year teacher. Mr. McClung writes about his classroom instruction transitioned from being teacher-centered to more student-centered. McClung initially thought that he had to impress his “superiors” and as a result, he was unable to connect with his students. McClung soon realized that he was making a huge mistake and found that if he wanted to make a difference in the lives of his students, his instruction would have to become more student-centered.
McClung later writes that it is extremely important to communicate with students and faculty in order to build strong relationships. I completely agree with McClung, without communication people are left to make their own assumptions which in turn becomes their reality. Communication is definitely important.
I did find one statement to be disturbing; McClung writes that “we build our expectations too high for students.” I believe that we should have high expectations for our students while providing the tools and the information necessary for their achievement. Society has already set expectations for our children, some good and some not so good; we are doing a disservice to our students if we expect nothing more than excellence. I have opted out of teaching a watered-down curriculum.
Lastly, McClung leaves valuable advice for current and future teachers:
1. Listen to your students, this shows that you truly care
2. Don’t be afraid of technology, technology has unlimited benefits
3. As professional educators, never stop learning; we owe it to our students