Less Stress: Deepen Your Relationships With Books Stress Reduction by Joel Wagner - October 26, 2007July 5, 20104 I love reading. I don’t do it nearly enough, but I still do love it so. I find that many people don’t read a single book after they graduate from high school. As teachers, we are also supposed to be lifelong learners. We should be desperate to learn about more and more stuff. I find that as I read more books, especially nonfiction books, I learn more and am able to come to the place of deeper peace with myself. As I learn more about the world, I also learn more about myself. Though personal development books challenge my ideas about the world, they also challenge me to grow and become a better person. I generally don’t read much education literature. I find them often very boring. Nonetheless, I do find time to read at least some almost every day. I’m not including blog reading, but that happens fairly regularly in addition to book reading. Even if the book conflicts with your worldview, it challenges you in one way or another. Go out there and try something crazy. Find a great book and read it over the next week… 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.