July 2016 On SYWTT Blogging & Technology by Joel Wagner - August 1, 20160 July 2016 was a great month as I continue getting back into the blogging groove of things. Below are some highlights. I discovered Pinterest and began to see that many of the articles on my site don’t look so great on there. As a result, I began making images to go along with my new articles. Additionally, I have begun goingÂ back through the archivesÂ to create images for some of the more popular older articles. As time progresses, I will get to more and more of them. Along with that, I continue going back and adjusting formatting of old articles, as web standards have changed quite a bit since 2007. I have alsoÂ started work on curating some of the articles by creating resource posts. The first one wasÂ Finding A Teaching Job, which includes a selection of resources that I have put together over the years. And of course, content was added to the blog. Here’s a summary of each of the articles that were published this month. Article summaries from July 2016 10 Things To Do Before The First Day of School Far and away the biggest surprise of the month was this article. I knew that it was timely, but had no idea that it would bring in over 2,000 views in the last three days of July.Â The article also includes a quick reference infographic. The article goes much more in depth into these 10 things, but they are: Organize your classroom Structure your class flow Establish concise rules Prepare a simple paperwork plan Begin a list of questions Meet with peer teachers Meet with veteran teachers on your campus Build a yearly calendar Begin work on a day-to-day schedule Plan your first week of school How To Avoid Arguing With Students Have you ever noticed how you can walk into a classroom and hear the teacher talking, and the students being quiet? They are given directions, and nobody challenges the assignment. What is it that makes that happen? This article includes a few suggestions that I have found helpful over the years. Great teachers don’t accept excuses Great teachers use the broken record method Great teachers are patient Great teachers choose their battles wisely Great teachers formulate plans 101 Ways To Make Students Hate Your Class Weâ€™ve all had ourÂ share of students whose purpose in life seems to be making our own life miserable. If you havenâ€™t, well youâ€™re in luck. Here is a list of ways to make students hate your class. Obviously this article isÂ a bit sarcastic, but there plenty of things that can be gleaned from it. I am convinced that many of the best lessons I learned about teaching were fromÂ some of the weakest teachers that I have seenÂ throughout the years. Learning what not to do is often more instructive than learning what to do. 35 Inspiring Quotes About the Power of Music As music educators, we often focus our advocacy attentionÂ on the curricular benefits of music and gloss overÂ manyÂ of the aesthetic benefits. The power of music is tremendous.Â I collected 35 Inspiring QuotesÂ About the Power of Music and made a series of images. I have a couple of authors, traditional classical, jazz, classic rock, and modern musicians representedÂ and ordered them by birth date. Highlights from the list include: Mozart, Beethoven, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillsepie, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift. Curiosity May Kill Cats, But Conformity Kills Creativity In the recent blog post 10 Habits of People Who Always Have Great Ideas, Ideapod author Lachlan Brown highlights 10 characteristics of creative people. I encourage you to go read the article. As I was reading through theÂ list, I was struck by two thoughts: â€œHey, those are all habits I cultivate in my life!â€ and â€œWow, wouldnâ€™t it be great to have students like thatÂ in my class?â€Â This article explores how I nurture creativity in my life as well as in my students. The Many Benefits of Music Education [Infographic] Research abounds regarding the incredible benefits of music education. The University of Florida has put together an infographic called â€œWhy Music?Â The Many Benefits ofÂ a Musical Education.â€ 10 Teaching Myths Busted [Infographic] I came into my first teaching job with some beliefsÂ that I have since learned were not true.Â This article explores tenÂ of those teaching myths. These myths include: TeachingÂ preparation programs produce prepared teachers WhenÂ I get my own classroom the students will respect me Students come to school primarily to learn I teach an elective class, surely all of my students want to be there If I have problems with a student, [SOME ACTION]Â will solve everything If I have problems with a student, I can request a schedule change The best teachers treat all students equally Teachers get three months off in the summer Teachers donâ€™t get paid well StandardizedÂ tests are horrible for education The Impact of Great Teachers [Infographic] ManyÂ people live their livesÂ without impacting more than aÂ few hundred people. Teachers often make that kind of impact over the course of one year. This kind of responsibility can be intimidating, and is one of the main reasons that I continually encourageÂ my readers to strive toward being great teachers. This infographic below looks at some of the qualities of great teachers.Â Keep aiming higher, my friends. The world needs great teachers like you! Guest contributions Additionally, we had some guest contributions this month. Things High School Students Can Do Right Now To Go To College Debt-Free Tuition is a major concern forÂ anyone who has plans to attend university, whether that be for undergraduate study or graduate programs.Â As teachers, weÂ want to guide our students in ways that will help them have the best chances for success later on in life. Today, Rachael Everly brings us some suggestions that we can offer to the future college students in our livesÂ that will reduce costs and even allow them to attend college debt-free. Professional Email Etiquette For Teachers As an educator you know that in this increasingly digital world, email is a primary source of communication between colleagues as well as with students. Communication through email is no longer a luxury but a necessity for working. We often create and respond to emails without considering the appropriate etiquette involved with professional emails. Being familiar with the professional email etiquette is necessary not only for your professional relationships as a teacher but is also useful for teaching to your students. 5 Ways To Make Your College Application Stand Out Beyond The Essay As we approach the beginning of the new school year, high school teachers will undoubtedly be approached by seniors for help with college applications. What do you tell them? How can you help? Writing a great essay is a good start, but there are other ways to make any college application stand out, and the bestÂ time to begin addressing thatÂ is now. In todayâ€™s article, Vera Reed explores some other ways we can guideÂ our students toward making their college application stand out. 3 Ways Classroom Tech Can Boost Education Results As we advance further into the 21stÂ century, increasingly more educational institutions are realizing that advanced technology can be put good use in the classroom; rather than ignore its potential, teachers should welcome and embrace it but use it wisely for students to reap the benefits. Laptops and iPads are slowly but steady replacing the conventional textbooks, not to mention that the internet is a pool of information. Students can gain access to online libraries, dictionaries and encyclopedias with just a click of a button. How To Stay Up To Date With The Job Market: Tips For Teachers As a teacher, the job market can be a tough place. In a field where competition is high and landing your ideal placement takes patience, you wonâ€™t want to fall behind on shifts and general goings-on in the job market. If you do fall behind, you may miss out on opportunities or professional development that are critical to your career as an educator. Check out these tips to make sure you stay in the game. 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.