Building A Legacy Personal by Joel Wagner - August 11, 2009June 30, 20101 Legacy Main Entry: 1leg·a·cy Pronunciation: \?le-g?-s?\ Function: noun Inflected Form(s): plural leg·a·cies Etymology: Middle English legacie office of a legate, bequest, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, office of a legate, from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin legatus Date: 15th century 1 : a gift by will especially of money or other personal property : bequest 2 : something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past <the legacy of the ancient philosophers> My friend Junior writes: I’m proposing, my fellow Christian brother and sister bloggers, that we do a week of “Legacy Posts”. That is, a week of posts on topics important to us, that we wish everyone knew. Have you ever thought or said, “If there’s one thing I want you to know it’s ….” or, “If you get one thing from me it’s…”? What message(s) are you wanting to get across? What’s is that one thing (or things) you want to share with everybody, something you wish everyone knew. I am frequently challenged by things that he posts on Twitter and Facebook (as well as his blog). I have also been thinking a whole lot this summer about these sorts of things. So I am going to take him up on the challenge. Beginning August 24th (my first week of classes), I am going to run a series of posts about Legacy-building. For me, the legacy that I leave is not isolated to the classroom. In fact, the classroom (and other public performances as a band director) is merely the outward representation of the inward legacy-building things that I do personally. The mere fact that someone is great at imparting knowledge to students is not enough to solidify a legacy. I could go on more, but I need to plan out and write my posts for the futre. Anyway, I saw his post, thought I would get my mind working on the project, and invite any of my 1,100+ readers to join the project as well. To get us off to a start, what are some things that you consider vital to anyone who is interested in leaving a legacy in their field? 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.