101 Reasons To Be Thankful Personal by Joel Wagner - November 27, 2008July 1, 20100 Salvation by grace alone, through faith (Ephesians 2:8) Heaven Opportunities to preach Playing music Writing music Creating music My pastor My church Having the best job in the world My students My students’ parents My hearing My intellect Air conditioning Heaters Running water Health Health insurance Life insurance Paychecks Freedom from discrimination Freedom from starvation Freedom from religious persecution Freedom from torture The Declaration of Independence The Constitution The United States of America Gospel For Asia Waking up this morning Stars Mountains Flowers Sunlight Moonlight Birds singing Silence Tacos tapatios Making salsa Breakfast tacos Oatmeal raisin cookies Pineapple empanadas Singing at the top of my lungs when nobody is looking or listening Google Calendar Google Reader My readers Comments on my blog Noisetrade.com YouTube.com Derek Webb Phil Wickham (see video below) The following were originally published as “Freedom and 50 Other Things That Make Me Happy“ Freedom from oppression Doing what I love and making money for it Freedom of faith The Bible Hymns My family My friends My dogs My home My blog Clarinet Learning The opportunity to learn Dave Ramsey My iPod My laptop Summer “break” Spring break Christmas break Trumpet My students Making music Mariachi Text messages My iPhone 3G WordPress The color blue Enchiladas Cheesecake Texas Drum & Bugle Corps Preaching Teaching Accomplishing things Creating things The feeling of being organized Water Horn Making progress Learning to play golf IHOP Winter Rain Clouds Happy memories Abstract Art Shostakovich The look on someone’s face when they are learning something The look on someone’s face when they have learned something Salsa (music) Salsa (tomato-based) 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.