All Time Best Teaching Advice Classroom Management by Joel Wagner - November 17, 2007July 5, 20104 As I have been reading the interviews for the Reader Appreciation Month (by the way, there is room for another 7 interviews. If you don’t send them in, they end on Wednesday!), I have been amazed at the depth of knowledge of some of the readers of this blog. I was going through my Google Reader the other day and came across a post by Gxeremio entitled Best (and worst) advice. In it, he lists some of the best teaching advice he has received. Additionally, he points to some standard “wisdom” that really isn’t all that wise. It made me think… If I were to give only one piece of advice to a brand new teacher, what would it be? What is the one top teaching nugget that I would share with someone who was fresh out of the gates and completely clueless? My best teaching advice He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. Proverbs 13:24 This is without question the best thing I learned as far as keeping my students under control. As a teacher, I must be in control of the learning environment. Otherwise, very little learning happens. What about you? What is your all time best teaching advice? Joel WagnerJoel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.