Reminders Personal by Joel Wagner - October 8, 2008July 1, 20103 Becky writes: Joel ~ Thank you so much for your article on hope. I was sitting here staring at a stack of papers that need to be graded, wondering how much longer I can take the stress that is piling up on me. I am in the middle of KTIP (Kentucky Teacher Intern Program–for new teachers), and the extra work that is involved with it is about to push me over the edge. I need to step back and remember why I am doing all this. It is so easy to get distracted by all the meetings and never-ending to-do list. @Becky – I have to remind myself so much of the time. I’ve heard it said that often the best lessons are simple reminders, rather than new information. Spend less than you make. Eat less. Exercise more. Buy low. Sell high. (Houses and stocks are on clearance sale right now if you have money!) Call your mother. Basics, but well worth remembering from time to time. 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.