I have read a few of Mr. McClung's blog posts WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009 and TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010. In WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2009 Mr. McClung reviews his very first year of teaching. He talks about many different problems and how he overcame them. I agree with all of what he says. There are always problems to be faced everyday and every students has a different personality. The same classroom will be different everyday and teachers have to go with it and accommodate the students the best the can in every way they can. Patients is one of the most important elements a successful teacher must possess.
The second post talks about how new environments cause a challenge because a lack of comfort and results in a change. Change is good, more change = more knowledge. He also explains how he had to sometimes act crazy to get his students to pay attention in his class. Also, since the new students are 8th graders, he had to change his teaching style up to adapt to the mindsets of 8th graders. He also mentions that there was conflict in the work area between him and his superior, but he didn't let that bother him because when things get to much in the way, it's the kids that suffer and to get the best performance out of a teacher is to let it be.