A Community Is Developing Here! Blogging & Technology by Joel Wagner - June 19, 2008July 1, 20104 If you haven’t been keeping up with the comments on here, shame on you. Fortunately, I have been. Let me fill you in. You see, I have installed a new plugin that allows people to reply to comments that others make. The reply will include a link directly to the comment that was left. It’s working out pretty well for me. I have noticed that as I reply to some of the comments, many of you have subscribed to receive other comments. And so my replies go to your inbox. And then sometimes people reply back. It’s working out well. Recently, Stephanie posted a comment on my article No Child Left Behind: Doomed To Fail? In her comment, she suggested that educational reform was in order. My reply began: @Stephanie – Educational reform sounds good. So where does that educational reform begin? I am rather unorthodox in how I see things a lot of the time (could you guess that already?) and I am just sick of new programs that start up and never are allowed to run their course. I’d love to see more people begin replying to other comments. Maybe not quite the same way that Mister Teacher did here, but it would be neat to see more interaction going on. Speaking of interaction, the oft-neglected SYWTT Forums have recently seen a little bit of life. I’ll leave them running through the summer and see if they take off or not. If I have to kill it, I will. Any thoughts on that? 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.