Weekend Wrapup 07/23/07 Blogging & Technology by Joel Wagner - July 23, 2007July 5, 20101 As the school year looms closer and closer, I am going to establish a blogging routine. The plan is to drastically reduce my blogging from every day as I have over the summer to three times a week. Beginning today, each Monday will feature a “Weekend Wrapup” where I’ll point you to a handful of blog articles that have caught my interest in one way or another throughout the course of the prior week. As I get the process more refined, it will take shape. I am playing catchup now following the Texas Bandmasters Association convention, but I thought I would go ahead and start the habit. Mister Teacher over at Learn Me Good has written Quein es muy macho? This article immediately struck my interest as it is written in Spanish and many of the people in my community speak ONLY Spanish. It is also interesting because he has compiled a list of male teaching bloggers. There was one noticeable omission, but otherwise, it’s a good list. Maybe he’ll add to the list soon… Sharp Arrows points us to one HUGE drawback of the lofty One Laptop Per Child program. It’s a great idea, but could it be a horrible cancer for the lives of those children? Read more. Miss Profe is busy preparing to go back to school. Read about her preparations here. Miss A is also doing the same thing. You can read her plans here. Mr. Heffner points out that conversational writing is often more easily understood than traditional straightforward informational transfer, that is so common in most educational circles. 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.