Reader Appreciation 2008: Doug Johnson


November is Reader Appreciation Month at So You Want To Teach? This year’s focus is First Year Teaching Tips. There’s still room if you want to participate! Contact me and let me know your answer to this question:


What are some things you wish you had known before you started your first year of teaching?

Today’s response is from Doug Johnson, the author of the wildly popular Blue Skunk Blog. Since he already posted his top 10 list on his own blog, I’ll go ahead and send you over there so you can see his first year teaching picture. He’s a brave man!

This is in response to (a very flattering) request by Joel on his So You Want to Teach blog. He’s asking for a list the 10 Things I Wish I Knew As a First Year Teacher.

Man, that was over 30 years ago now. I started as a high school English, speech and drama teacher in a small school district in Iowa in 1976. I was also the yearbook, newspaper, class play and speech contest adviser. My first year’s salary was $7,800. We lived in a house that I would not put a dog in today. And I was a terrible teacher.

If I knew then what I know now…
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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.

2 Comments on Reader Appreciation 2008: Doug Johnson

  1. Hello Joel, I recently relaunched my edublog and I have a couple of articles on the subject of new teachers. I am still thinking up ideas for another article too. i hope they interest you. Cheers

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