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.

Lesson Planning 101

November 9, 2010 Joel Wagner 0

On this post, Karen comments: I need help. I’ve been teaching in NYC alternative high school for 9 years. I can’t get my act together. […]

Rookie Mistakes

September 22, 2010 Joel Wagner 2

This year I am in the position to be able to work relatively closely with two first-year teachers and a second-year teacher. I also am […]

Super Powers

August 18, 2010 Joel Wagner 7

This totally has nothing to do with teaching, but it’s an interesting question. If you had one super power, what would it be? How would […]


August 15, 2010 Joel Wagner 0

I just listened to a recent podcast of Radiolab entitled Words. They included a bonus video along with the podcast. Powerful images and sounds here. […]

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