About Joel Wagner
Joel Wagner 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.

Testing, Testing…Is This Thing On?

May 29, 2016 Joel Wagner 0
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It has been quite a while since I wrote anything on here. Life got busy, WordPress didn’t update correctly, Emails from the site overwhelmed me, and I basically was tired of the hassles that came along with the blog. So I pushed it to the back burner. I would feel inspired every once in a while to write something, but with the state of the website being as it was, that inspiration quickly turned to frustration. Until this month.

The layout of this blog has been basically the same since 2009 when I paid to have a theme professionally built for it. That theme was nice and pretty, but a whole lot has changed in the world of web design ...

Frozen And The Value of Quality [VIDEO]

March 17, 2014 Joel Wagner 0
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So recently some friends of mine did a video of themselves singing Love Is An Open Door from the movie Frozen. It showed up as a blip on the radar, but I didn’t act on it until today. I saw their clip again, but this time it had been picked up on another website and was starting to gain a little bit of traction across the Internet. So I watched it. It was nice. It was cute. It was adorable. I shared it on Facebook.

Then I began to think about it a bit more. So I watched the original and realized it was some parents lip-syncing their way through the movie soundtrack. Like what you or I have ...

5 Reasons I Loved Teaching Middle School

February 9, 2014 Joel Wagner 1
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This past summer was a whirlwind tour for me and someday I may share a bit about the amazing experiences I had traveling by myself across the country (including three nights stranded in airports, a fourth of July parade in a small town outside of Boston, following my beloved Texas Rangers to Saint Louis, New York, and Baltimore, a ride to the airport from Shelly Terrell, and an amazing time in some of this country’s finest cities). But now is not the time for this.

Now is the time to address the biggest change in my educational life. After 11 years of fighting in the trenches, I have finally moved on to the major leagues. I moved on from my ...

Top 10 Ways To Improvise Your Way to Being A Better Teacher

June 24, 2013 Joel Wagner 2
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This summer I made the decision to go on a somewhat extensive tour of a few of the major cities in the Northeast United States. During the process, I reconnected with my friend Nelson, with whom I marched drumcorps 17 years ago. I haven’t seen him in the intervening years and so it as been great to catch up with him the past few days. It turns out that he has spent the last few years doing comedy in and around the Chicago area.

We went to The Second City Comedy Club last night and watched a completely improvised musical about a Golden Fleece. We have talked extensively at meals over the last few days as well. Some of our ...

From Burnout Into Ignited Passion: A Short Story About How Blogging, Information Overload, and Working Out Have Made Me A MUCH Better Teacher

May 28, 2013 Joel Wagner 1
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I don’t care if it’s your teaching job or your personal habits or your social life or what it is, we all face burnout at one time or another. Or another or another or another. At times, I can feel like we are in a dark tunnel with no escape and we don’t have the energy to escape. Ummm, not that I have ever experienced that, of course.

ANYWAY, you may or may not be struggling with this now. I would guess at this point in the school year, none of us in the United States are wanting to ever teach another school year. It happens. So I present to you an autobiographical short story that addresses this concept.

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