About So You Want To Teach? Providing education HOPE for educators I find that most educational blogs are either academic blogs full of banal research findings and written in teacherese, or else they are cathartic blogs full of rants and complaints. I have no problem with that, it’s just not my style. This blog is different I strive to keep an informal atmosphere and writing style, while freely transferring practical information in meaningful and positive ways. I find that many of the site’s visitors come here out of desperation. I want my readers to be able to get something useful out of this that they can go and implementÂ in their own classroom. A brief bio My name is Joel Wagner (contact me). I began teaching band in 2002. Though I had a lot of information, my classes were out of control. I was tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. I had had enough. I resigned from my school district right before spring break of my second year and made it my personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of my quest for educational excellence.