Weekend Wrapup 08/20/07

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.

1161661_giftsHappy Monday morning. I begin staff development this week. School begins in Texas next Monday.

This spring, I began to make myself familiar with the Getting Things Done (GTD) approach to personal productivity. My views on effectiveness went into overdrive this summer as I read The 4-Hour Workweek. Timothy Ferriss has recently posted The Not-To-Do List, 9 things to make you more productive.

Just a Substitute Teacher points us to an article in USA Today that has a great list of things that some school districts or schools do to get more subs. Check out How to Lure Substitute Teachers.

Athena gives us a list called 10 Things I Learned In My First Year of Teaching. How many of us have truly learned these things after five, ten, or twenty years? How many of us know colleagues who haven’t learned them?

I have come to really like reading John Spencer’s writing. I read a few of his articles this week that were good, but I really liked the one called Why “Aha!” Moments Are Overrated. Here’s another one (I didn’t fully read, but intend to soon!!!)

I love Seth Godin and his marketing concepts. I like to see how we can squeeze them into the classroom experience. I told my kids last week in summer band, “If you want to be great, then good enough never is good enough.” Seth agrees.

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