Find A Moment (Total Teacher Transformation Day 1) Classroom Management by Joel Wagner - May 3, 2009June 30, 201010 This is an article in the Total Teacher Transformation series. Click here for a complete table of contents. Congratulations First of all, I want to congratulate you on taking the first step of this journey toward becoming a great teacher! I can’t even begin to describe for you the exciting possibilities that await you as you move through these lessons and begin to come over to the other side. If your experiences are anything like mine as I went through this process five years ago, you will not believe that you used to have classes the way you currently do. If you follow the advice here, I can virtually guarantee you a completely different classroom environment before this month is out. To get the full effect, you need to really spend an entire day on each of the weekday articles. Each one will have an assignment for you to put into practice in the upcoming school day. If you try to cram two articles into one reading, you may not get the full effect. So be warned. But first… I’ve been writing this blog for over two years now. Over the course of that time, I have assembled quite a bit of information and advice on classroom management. As I continue adding articles in the future, this page will serve as a gateway for all of those. So feel free to bookmark this page and check back from time to time. Or if you don’t have time to read all of the articles, you can come back later and catch up some. Find a moment, and read some of these articles. 4 Similarities Between Strep Throat And Classroom Management 5 Surefire Tips For Handling Misbehavior 5 Ways To Win When Children Test Your Limits 10 Things I Wish I Knew As A First Year Teacher 10 Tips To Stay Motivated And Love Teaching 50 Classroom Management Tips I Have Learned This Month A Customer Service Oriented Classroom Experience All Time Best Teaching Advice Are Classroom Rules Needed? Are You Still Out Of Control In Your Classroom? Arguing Is Normal, isn’t It? Back To Basics Calling Home Classroom Management: The Key To Your Success Classroom Out of Control? JD2718 Has Some Great Comments The Deep-Seated Problems With Public Education Gone Wild: Classroom Jobs Habit 2: Classroom Procedures The Honeymoon Is Over: What Killed My First Teaching Job And 7 Tips For Getting Your Next Job How Do I Keep My Students Learning? How Do I Keep My Students Quiet? How to Empower Your Students If You Really Must Have Classroom Rules… Make A Two Year Commitment, And 100 Other Great Teaching Tips Make Love not War – How to Control an Unruly Class My Education Background New Classroom Rule: Don’t Talk To Me Old School Classroom Management Pacing: What Every Great Band Director Knows Seven Years Later: 7 Things I Would Do Before My First Year As A First Year Teacher If I Knew Then What I Know Now The Single Most Important Advice Anyone Can Give To A First Year Teacher You Think You Pay Attention? What Else Are You Missing Out On? Three Basic Classroom Skills Turning The Ship: Overcoming The Voyage To Becoming A Great Teacher Videos: Revolutionary Teaching Style What My Classroom Is Really Like Why I Hated Teaching During My First Two Years You Better Smile Before Christmas! Today’s assignment To get you started and to help establish the habit, I want you to read through some of the articles above. Your assignment is to leave at least one comment. The comment can be either a question, an answer to another reader’s question, a response to something someone else has commented on, or whatever. You can even go to another blog and leave a comment. If you’re looking for a different blog to go to, check out these 20 Blogs I Wish Were Around When I Started Teaching. If you are going to make it through this process, you need to start asking questions and looking for answers. You’re going to have to start listening to what other people are telling you, and figuring out what works best for you. So what are you waiting for? Go ye therefore and 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.