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April 2007

1267633_easter_2By the way, yesterday’s article about quitting? Not true. April Fools. Thanks for all the wonderful comments. And I’m sure most of my regulars figured it out. But, as Waski pointed out:

The things [I] describe do turn many good teachers off on teaching. With some of the silliness I’m presented with, I wonder at times why I bother putting up with it. Of course, most jobs have the silliness and ridiculous paperwork in one form or another.

I love teaching. As Betty points out, teaching is so much a part of me. No matter if I leave the “education profession” or not, I will remain a teacher and will always find myself teaching in some capacity or another.

I had no idea that my little blog was actually helping keep Kristin (and possibly a few others) make it through this school year. I have had some emails and comments from other first year teachers or student teachers thanking me for writing this blog. That’s a huge responsibility and humbling all at once. Thanks, guys!

I wanted to look back a year ago.

What did April of 2007 have in store for So You Want To Teach? Well, I began to have a better idea of what I was doing with the blog for sure! I was preparing my sixth grade band to go to a festival in May. I was also busy recruiting fifth graders to be in the sixth grade band for this school year. A lot of my focus was on those two things.

It was a fun ride. We had over 220 kids sign up for band (some subsequently moved or changed schedules) and we ended up winning the festival. I can tell you that last May was one of the most exciting months of my teaching career. But enough about that. On with the articles from a year ago.

Joel Wagner
Joel Wagner (<strong><a href="">@sywtt</a></strong>) 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. <strong><a href="">So You Want To Teach?</a></strong> is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

2 thoughts on “April 2007

  1. I am so glad that it was an April fool’s joke. . . you had stolen my wind when you quit. I knew that I was on my way out the door if you quit, b/c you seem so level headed and stable and apparently you buttons must have been pushed to the max if you were quiting.

  2. I would imagine even if you aren’t in the classroom…even if you aren’t in a school building the feeling of being a teacher never truly leaves you. I attend church with several retired teachers. Believe me…they are still teachers in thoughts and action.

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