Freedom And 50 Other Things That Make Me Happy Personal by Joel Wagner - July 4, 2008July 1, 20102 Freedom from oppression Doing what I love and making money for it Freedom of faith The Bible Hymns My family My friends My dogs My home My blog Clarinet Learning The opportunity to learn Dave Ramsey My iPod My laptop Summer “break” Spring break Christmas break Trumpet My students Making music Mariachi Text messages My iPhone 3G that I’ll be rewarding myself with next week WordPress The color blue Enchiladas Cheesecake Texas Drum & Bugle Corps Preaching Teaching Accomplishing things Creating things The feeling of being organized Water Horn Making progress Learning to play golf IHOP Winter Rain Clouds Happy memories Abstract Art Shostakovich The look on someone’s face when they are learning something The look on someone’s face when they have learned something Salsa (music) Salsa (tomato-based) Happy Independence Day, America. 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.