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About Joel Wagner
Joel 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.

10 Steps For Interview Success [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 24, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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Summertime is in full swing. That means that many new teachers search for their first job, and many more experienced teachers look for a new job. The interview is an inevitable part of the job hunt. For many pre-service teachers, a teaching job interview is the first real job interview they have ever had. But interviews often lead to rejection. The good news is you only need one interview success.

Nowadays, numerous resources are available to help make sure the interview goes well. Unfortunately, few of them seem to be geared specifically toward teachers. Tradewind Recruitment is one company whose focus is helping teachers find jobs. They have put together a nice infographic to help guide you through the process. ...

How To Actually Enjoy Teaching A Class You Don’t Want To Teach

June 23, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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You want me to teach what?

Imagine my surprise the first day of my job one year when I found out that I was teaching Music History and that there was no curriculum for the class, no budget for it, and no textbook. The class was used to fulfill the fine arts credit that student needed to graduate, so I could reasonably expect that less than 25% of the students had any kind of working knowledge of music. In fact, most of them would inevitably want to listen to exclusively hip hop music and complain about anything that was produced more than 5 years earlier.

Other teachers who had taught the class explained to me that they just show movies, ...

How I Fell In Love With Lesson Planning

June 20, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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“I got your lesson plans right here, buddy!”

You know the drill, spend hours creating a lesson plan weeks ahead of the class that you don’t even stick to because the students fell behind last week  and now you’re playing catch up trying to make magic happen. I know. Or an administrator drops by expecting to see your lesson plan binder at the front of the classroom or the state-mandated objectives listen on the board, or whatever new wild scheme the wind has blown in this year.

Or maybe I’m the only one who has spent one industrious teacher work day in April writing lesson plans for the entire year because I didn’t do them. Or simply turned in an ...

Weekend Reading 6/18/16

June 18, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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I found some great stuff going on out there in the world of education blogging this week. Here is a summary of what I found and shared on Twitter (follow @sywtt). this week.

  • Growth Mindset: Clearing Up Some Common Confusions
  • Digital transformation in eduction: from challenge to opportunity
  • What’s so sexy about math?
  • How I teach kids to love science
  • 10 Open-Ended Questions for Teachers’ Reflection and Summative Evaluation
  • 5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb
  • When Everyone Owns the Place of the Arts
  • I’m A Teacher Who Loves Quizzing; But Does Quiz Format Matter?
  • Are We Too Preoccupied with Teaching Techniques?
  • 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom of the Future
  • 6 Apps That Can Help with Student

[INFOGRAPHIC] What Makes A Good Teacher In 2016?

June 17, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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According to ITN Mark Education, there are 7 key components of a good teacher.

  1. Love of the subject
  2. Stress Management
  3. Complete control
  4. Organization
  5. Professional behavior
  6. Expert instructional methods
  7. Praise

It’s interesting that through the years, I have written about each of these concepts on this blog. Below are links to a few articles with a brief quote from that article.

  1. From Burnout To Ignited Passion: How Blogging, Information Overload, and Running Made Me A Better Teacher

    So I have to get back to me being me. I inspire people simply by being me. You do too. But do yourself and me and everyone else a favor and go out there to be the most awesome, amazing, passionate version of you

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