The Gift That Keeps On Giving…

Easy Fundraising IdeasOur fundraising campaign for Susan G. Komen for the Cure is officially closed! The Race for the Cure will be held on April 28th at Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall in Rogers, AR. However, you still have time to join our team or donate…just click here.

4th Period – $700
6th Period – $320
X-Country – $285

2nd Period – $260
3rd Period – $50

Stuff Said in School

So I saw this video made by a teacher in Central Arkansas, Tyler Tarver, while I was browsing around the internet over the past weekend. Immediately upon watching the video had a feeling of empathy come over me. Some of the things that students say in school sound really stupid when you take them out of the context of school and this video captures a lot of that stupid stuff that happens in school. Enjoy.

Mr. McClung

Tis The Season…

…for fundraising, that is.

As we move closer to spring, it’s about that time that we start to gear up for fundraisers in my class. If you have followed our blog in the past you likely know about our annual fundraiser for Susan G. Koman. However, after being approached by a former student I have decided to extend our fundraising to the Relay for Life. I have created a team for this fundraiser am looking to geek this thing up as much as possible. We are hoping to raise $250 total before April, 6th. To donate is very simple, all you have to do is click on the link below and click the Donate to Our Team icon on the page.

Woodland Jr. High’s Team Page

Mr. McClung

Somebody I Use to Know

Wouter “Wally” De Backer (born 21 May 1980), also known professionally by his stage name Gotye, is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumental musician and singer-songwriter. He has released three studio albums independently and one remix album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums. De Backer is also one-third of Melbourne indie-pop band The Basics, who have independently released three studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. You can hear his most recent single “Someone I Use to Know” by clicking on the player below.

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Test Data

Today to start out our class we will be taking some time to look at our test data from yesterday and compare it to other forms of assessment we use in our class on a regular basis. The graphic on top represents the class averages from yesterday and the bottom chart represents your weekly ten scores.

Mr. McClung

I’m Thankful for Advisory

Today we held our monthly advisory meeting at Woodland. Each month we spend we devote one day to hanging out with our advisory group and addressing any academic concerns they have as well as have a little bit of fun in the process.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner we decided that today it would be very appropriate to hold a Thanksgiving potluck. Students were able to score all kinds of homemade goodies today which made today’s advisory just a little bit better than usual.

Mr. McClung

Test Day

In our school we have had many discussions about the high cost of making copies and how to tackle that cost as a school…I’m sure that this conversation is not exclusive to Woodland but it is one worth discussing. While I do my fair share of coping I try to reduce the amount of paper I use in class on a regular basis.

So…this is what my room looks like on a test day. Normally giving a test takes a lot of paper and effort with the making of test copies, use of scantrons, and the manual grading as well. In my class we use a program called Examview. This program allows me to give test over our school network and requires no paper and requires little manual grading for me.

I really enjoy using the program because it makes my life a whole lot easier as a teacher and it provides instant feedback to the students. While there are some draw backs…such as the cost of the program, the availability of technology, and the fact that some students are very accustomed to taking test on paper, overall I think it is the best method for taking exams.

Mr. McClung


The picture above is from my second period class during our semi-weekly review game of rally table. The answer that I was looking for on this question was not McClungism…shocker. However, the answer that I was looking for was humanism. While I like the idea of having an “ism” named after me, I think the fact that this student gave me this answer shows that we still got some work to do in my class.

Mr. McClung

It’s Here, It’s Here…

It’s finally here!

This week Jenny Jones was kind enough to send over a copy of her latest book, There You’ll Find Me. This was much welcomed and it will be nice addition to our classroom library. Jenny’s books have been a big hit among my students in the past and I’m sure that this one will be no different.

Mr. McClung


It’s been a very slow week for me blogging wise. We have been working all week on our projects in social studies and there hasn’t been a whole lot going on. However, today we did have our 2nd advisory period…and I’m pretty sure we partied.

One thing that I have been focusing on in these advisory periods is having fun activities. On Wednesday we took some time to play a game of Blind Man’s Bluff. In this game students were given index cards with a person, thing, or animal written on the card. They were asked to put the card to their head and then you begin to ask questions in an effort to figure out what your card says. Students really enjoyed this game and it is a nice ice breaker game to play with students. Students take turns asking questions and the first person to guess correctly wins the game.

Mr. McClung


After focusing on North Korea’s communist economy yesterday in class, today we will shift gears and pay a little bit of attention to the United States and capitalism. Today students will look at the most infamous incident in the United States economy…the Great Depression.

Mr. McClung

Preparing for 9/11 Tribute

Like many schools around the country, this week we will be taking quite a bit of time to pay tribute to those that lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks on America. To prepare for a tribute that our school will be holding on Friday this week, today students prepped flags with ribbons of individuals that lost their lives on that day. The goal is to basically fill out our front lawn with a flag for each person that lost their life. In addition, we will be spending quite a bit of time this week researching and discussing the events that took place that day and the individuals that lost their lives.

Mr. McClung

McClung’s World on Droid

A long time ago…way back in March, I began a process to turn our class blog into a smart phone application. This has been a very long and anti-climatic process, but there is some good news to be had. Although our app was not accepted on the Apple Market, our app has been accepted on the Driod Market. If you have a phone that uses the Droid Operation System than you can now follow our blog on your phone. Simply search “Tech Savvy Teacher” on your Droid Market and download it to your phone.

Mr. McClung

Interior Design Talk – Jersey Wall

P8180013Let’s be honest, my classroom can be a bit over stimulating. I tell my students all the time that the decorations I use in my classroom are the same ones that I would use if I was ten years old and lived in tree house. I opt for items that are going provide character rather than provide a educational purpose. With that in mind I thought I would take some time to explain, over the course of a few blog post, what purpose all the random items on my walls serve.

First up is the jersey wall…this started sometime last year because I had a collection of jerseys that I had used in the past and didn’t know what to do with them. So I decided that I would hang a few in my room for decoration. These jerseys included mostly ones that I had collected from different countries I had visited and were mainly from soccer teams. As I started to add these jerseys to my walls my kids started to get the idea that I really loved jerseys and decided to start donating old jerseys to hang up.P8180023This became a very common occurrence and before I knew it I had more jerseys than I knew what to do with. I had received club and national jerseys from students that included England, Spain, Mexico, Germany, US, etc. It is awesome because through the effort of my students, we have been able to transform our jersey wall into a massive display by donating some gear from their favorite teams. It’s a great way to build better relationships with my students and allows them to have part ownership of our classroom as well.

As of today,  I now have two walls in my room that are covered in jerseys. These jerseys include soccer, football, baseball, track, basketball, and even t-shirts from our fundraiser event last year. The jersey wall is very much alive and continues to grow…and we are also accepting donations.

Mr. McClung

The Blog Wall

Yesterday I assigned my students homework on their first day of school…their homework was to visit my website and leave a comment. Pretty straight forward and not a highly difficult assignment. Today in class I introduced to my students to the blog wall. The blog wall is a bulletin board in my classroom that is dedicated to our class blog. Every time I receive a comment on my website, just like the ones that my students left for me last night, I post it on my blog wall. I also like to put push-pins on the map to indicate where we are receiving hits from…in other words, who is checking out our work. This wall is a living project and will continually be updated throughout the school year.

Mr. McClung

Tell Me a Little Bout Yourself…

With this being the start of a brand new school year, there are plenty of icebreakers and “get to know you games” flying around Woodland this week. In my class, we have a simply name tag game that is very unoriginal. Students are asked to put their name on a tent name card and draw three pictures that describe them in some way. The picture above is of my own name tag…as you can see I dedicated it to my two dogs since they are the only actual pictures I have on my name tag. My students are required to bring their name tags to my class this entire week so that I can hopefully get all 150 of their names memorized.

Mr. McClung

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