Can We Reach Every Student? General by Joel Wagner - September 24, 2008July 1, 20106 I believe that every teacher has the potential to reach out and impact the life of every student they have in their class. The key is that it takes a whole lot of dedicated attention and effort. My theory is that it is relativaly easy to positively impact about 60% of the kids in each of our classes. The challenge comes from two types of kids. The “trouble makers” The “quiet kids” What are some of the most effective techniques you have found to reach these? Instead of going about my normal routine of listing ways that I think it is possible to reach students, I want to open up discussion here. I have started it off with the first comment… 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.