Mr. McClung did a wonderful thing by summarizing everything he has gone through and learned in a year. It is important to look back at everything you have done and learn from it and make adjustments if necessary. I loved the paragraph, "Don't be afraid of technology."
Student comprehension was also a good topic to discuss because I found this to be a constant problem in my education growing up. I couldn't tell you how many times a teacher might have thought their lesson was flawless and there was no way they would change it. But each class is different and it may take longer or different methods in order for us to comprehend. I think this may be the most difficult concept in my first year of teaching but Mr. McClung is right it is more important center your lessons around your students instead of trying to impress your superiors.
Passion is definitely a good choice in a word. We, as teachers need to be passionate about our work because after all if the students think we don't enjoy what we are saying then why should they. Mr. McClung on his second year of teaching had many problems but found ways to revise them. Another key point that I will take to heart is to find the school mom. It is a great idea to find someone that you can turn to when you have a problem or a question. What better person to ask then someone who has experience and has been there before.
It would be hard to not plan where your class is heading. But the students opinions are important in learning and moving forward. It would be a little challenging for me to have an open discussion in elementary but it could be a good start for them to develop an opinion and not just say what they think the teacher wants to hear. Most of all I learned from Mr. McClung that confidence is key and to never give up. Continue to add onto your strengths and don't be afraid of your flaws.