New Horizons Looming…Feedback Requested Personal by Joel Wagner - January 28, 2008July 2, 20106 I will begin setting up and writing in a Music Education blog soon. The idea was to include Music Education content on this blog, but I think that might alienate a handful of the readers and that is the last thing I want to do. So when it gets up and running, I will link to there from here and link from here to there. It’s exciting! When that happens, the posting frequency over here may dip a little bit, but I will continue to add great content regularly. I have noticed a change in my posting habits lately as well. It seems that I have begun to find myself on a mission to create more edubloggers. I love what this blog has done for me, I love the thought that other people are actually learning something from my miserable first couple of years of teaching, and I love the idea that writing this stuff has helped me cope with amazing circumstances that were thrown at me this year. I want to share that with others. I’d like to hear your feedback on these two subjects. I want to continue posting classroom management and teaching ideas and all (and I assuredly will), but I want to hear your thoughts about: The more personal voice my writing has begun to use lately The idea of a MusEduBlog…would you even read it? My posting of blogging-related content Guest bloggers…do you like them or dislike them? The addition of unobtrusive advertisements below articles and the donation part of the sidebar (this thing is beginning to use quite a bit of bandwidth and it would be nice if it could pay for itself) Finally, I have been considering switching to actually using my real name on my blog. I know that some bloggers do it and some don’t. Since edublogging is still rather new, what are the guidelines that districts, in your experience have established as far as it all goes? I’m not worried about offending anyone with the content of the site or anything. I’d love to hear reasonings from those who have chosen that path (Matthew Tabor, John Pearson, Joanne Jacobs, etc.) as well as from those who have not chosen to do so. Lots of questions. Let’s see what your thoughts are! 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.