10 Years of Teaching: A Reflection Inspiration by Joel Wagner - June 4, 2012July 1, 20163 I started this blog more than five years ago. I have now come to the conclusion of my 10th year of teaching. In this article and the upcoming series, I reflect on some of what I have learned in my 10 years of teaching. A reflection It strikes me that much of what I have writtenÂ on this blog,Â especially in the older articles is simplyÂ wrong. Some of the information can be misleading or easily misunderstood. In the upcoming weeks and months, I aim to readdress some of those same issues from my new, far more patient and friendly mindset. At the same time, there are some core beliefs I held to in those early days that are ever strong in me and I want to really bring those out as well. Over the last two school years, I have been in a situation where I see a lot of newer music teachers on a fairly regular basis, some even on a daily basis. I have forgone blogging to a great degree so I could do more one-on-one work with some of them. Through this process, I have gained a great deal of insight and I want to share some of those things with the blogging audience in the near future as well. And the final note, I just updated WordPress (and lost an entire blog entry in the process). I do plan to make minor adjustments to the layout of the blog and declutter some. I haven’t done any major changes to the layout in over two years and things have changed quite a bit since then as far as web design and social media go, so it’s time. But before I go, I leave you with a question: For the newer teachers: What are some of the things that concern/scare you about the upcoming school year? For the seasoned veterans: What are some of the things that you know now that you wish you had known back then? 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.