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 ...

Make Learning Fun: Pacing Your Classes, Teaching Lines and Spaces [AUDIO]

November 17, 2010 Joel Wagner 1
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Ramona’s comment inspired me to write 15 Tricks To Transform Yourself From Classroom Bully Into A Favorite Teacher a few days ago. Yesterday, it inspired Joey to leave a comment. The excerpt that jumped out at me was this:

In response to Ramona’s post, I see 680 students some twice a week, some once every other week each as a class (30-35 students.) I found the best thing to do is to have generalized rules and consequences posted up and always refer to the posters. If I notice the class is coming in wild I start by reviewing them. I have what we should do posted up, and in my time out spot, I have the consequences. I found most ...

Texas Bandmasters Association 2010: Miscellaneous Thoughts Day 2 & 3

July 29, 2010 Joel Wagner 0
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This week, I went to San Antonio for the Texas Bandmasters Association convention. I attended some really good sessions and took a few notes on my iPhone. Without spending a lot of
time to expand on these notes right now, I thought I would post them so maybe someone else can benefit from them. After the convention, I’ll sit down later and flesh them out a bit more. Here are the notes from Days 2 and 3.

  • Meet with parents prior to testing 5th graders
  • Parent orientation at beginning of year 4-6 weeks into school year
  • Take a class period to discuss procedures
  • Teach basic reading skills and introduce counting system early (8th notes asap)
  • Open cases on the floor
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Texas Bandmasters Association 2010: Miscellaneous Thoughts Day 1

July 27, 2010 Joel Wagner 1
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This week, I am in San Antonio for the Texas Bandmasters Association convention. I attended some really good sessions and took a few notes on my iPhone. Without spending a lot of time to expand on these notes right now, I thought I would post them so maybe someone else can benefit from them. After the convention, I’ll sit down later and flesh them out a bit more. Here’s Day 1.

  • Raise your level of absurdity. If something doesn’t sound stupid, you won’t address it.
  • Come up with a warmup rotation. Same concepts per day of week. Lip flexibility, scales, tone production, articulations, intervals/listening
  • Same with journals. Music appreciation, rhythmic dictation, music/rhythm copying, free writing, theory exercises
  • All bad behavior
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