Mr. McClung discusses everything he learned his first year of teaching. He begins by explaining how he was so concerned about how his superiors would judge his teaching that he forgot to realize the most important part
Mr. McClung then talks about how his "planned" lessons rarely ever went as he intended thus telling teachers that we need to be flexible with our lessons. Once more, this hits home to me. I do have many ideas and things planned for my future classroom and while I will not throw these plans aside, I really should not get my hopes too high because not all of them may work out. Next, he explains that communication is the best way to solve problems and to never set outrageous expectations for students. I agree with him. Communication really is the best medicine. Countless times when I am angry at someone about something and try to keep it bottled up, I become more irritable than if I had let it out in the first place. When I finally do let it go because it is too much to keep in, I typically overdo it! This only makes things worse. So, I should keep this valuable tip with me and remember it for future times when I feel tempted to not share my opinion.
If teachers teach they should also learn because students teach as well as learn.