Back To Basics

November 24, 2008 Joel Wagner 3
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Reader Appreciation Month didn’t quite turn out the way I had envisioned it would. That is primarily my fault. As I sit here, I realize there are some things that I used to do with blogging that I don’t do any longer. I have decided it’s time for me to change some things. You may or may not notice the changes as I begin implementing them. If you do, great. If not, then perhaps it is simply a change to the way I approach blogging. Whatever the case, it’ll be good.

How can I apply this to my classroom?
How many times do we get into the habit of being so familiar with the subject matter that it no longer ...

Get Ready For Reader Appreciation Month 2008

October 28, 2008 Joel Wagner 1
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Thanksgiving is a holiday for remembering what we have and giving thanks to our God for His blessings. I like to spend the months of November and December reaching out and giving. I practice giving as a regular habit throughout much of my life, but I specifically focus in these two months on giving back to my blogging community.

Last year I highlighted a number of readers with Reader Appreciation Month. At the end, I did some great summaries:

  • 50 Classroom Management Tips I Have Learned This Month
  • 47 Blogs That My Readers Are Reading
  • Top 5 Character Traits Of Great Teachers
  • 50 Reasons To Love Your Job As A Teacher

I recently created a list of 10 Things I ...

The Single Most Important Advice Anyone Can Give To A First Year Teacher

September 21, 2008 Joel Wagner 9
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When I first started out teaching, I desperately wanted the kids to like me. To this end, I ended up letting my classes get out of control. A handful of things contributed to this:

  • Concerning myself with every matter that was brought to my attention
  • Allowing kids to mesbehave
  • Trying to get the kids to like me
  • Yelling at kids
  • Arguing with them
So I learned how to get control. If this sounds like something you might have trouble with, I encourage you to check out these articles in this order:
  1. You Better Smile Before Christmas!
  2. How Do I Keep My Students Quiet?
  3. Arguing Is Normal, isn’t It?
  4. 5 Surefire Tips For Handling Misbehavior
  5. Make Love not War – How

5 Tips To Putting The Pieces of Your Life Back Together

April 15, 2008 Joel Wagner 4
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I recently took my band to the UIL Concert & Sight Reading competition. We worked hard on the music. We worked hard in after school sectionals. We worked hard on passing classes to retain eligibility. The end result was that the band got first division in the Concert portion of the contest, and first division in the Sight Reading portion. That combination is called Sweepstakes.

Putting together a performance like this takes its toll on everyone involved. As a result, I have fallen behind on a number of things in my personal life. The most notable is my housekeeping.Since I conduct the second band, it is made up of mostly 7th graders. This was their first year to ...

Change of Pace — Have You Ever….

February 24, 2008 Joel Wagner 4
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Idea stolen from Chris Thomas

Have you ever:

  • Changed a personal habit? What was it and how did you accomplish it?
  • Lost more than 30 pounds? How did you do it and how did it make you feel?
  • Paid off over $10,000 in debt? What steps did you take and how did the process affect your views of borrowing?
  • Done something you never thought you could do? What and how?
  • Done or said something you regret? What were the circumstances and what did you learn from the process?
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