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The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher, 4th Edition [Paperback]

Harry K. Wong , Rosemary T. Wong
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2009 0976423316 978-0976423317 4th
The best-selling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement with over 3.7 million copies sold. The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college.

The book is used in thousands of school districts, in over 120 countries, and in over 2,114 college classrooms, and has been translated into 5 languages. It's practical, yet inspiring. But most important, it works!

The 4th edition includes updated research, photos, and more examples of "how-to" along with an implementation DVD, "Using The First Days of School" featuring Chelonnda Seroyer.

This is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success.

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About the Author

Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong are award-winning teachers and new teacher advocates. Harry is a native of San Francisco and is arguably the most sought-after motivational speaker in education today having given some 3000 presentations to over a million people. He has been called "Mr. Practicality" for his common sense, user-friendly, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success. The March 2006 issue of Instructor magazine named him one of the 20 most admired people in education along with Maya Angelou, Howard Gardner, and Oprah Winfrey. He has received numerous other teaching honors.

Rosemary is from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her classroom success led to her selection as one of the first Mentor teachers in California. She has received many Silicon Valley business honors and the Southeastern Louisiana University Distinguished Alumni Award.

A portion of the profit from the sale of their book funds "The First Days of School Foundation." That foundation has built and funds the 425 student "Wong Mean Reth Learning Academy" in the jungles of Cambodia.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harry K. Wong Publications; 4th edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976423316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976423317
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry K. Wong is an award-winning teacher and new teacher advocate. Harry is a native of San Francisco and is arguably the most sought-after motivational speaker in education today having given some 3000 presentations to over a million people. He has been called 'Mr. Practicality' for his common sense, user-friendly, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success. The March 2006 issue of Instructor magazine named him one of the 20 most admired people in education along with Maya Angelou, Howard Gardner, and Oprah Winfrey. He has received numerous other teaching honors. Profits from the sale of her book fund 'The First Days of School Foundation.' That foundation has built and funds the 250 student 'Wong Mean Reth Learning Academy' in the jungles of Cambodia.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't Teach Without This Book! January 21, 2009
Format:Paperback
I am a high school science teacher. My principal gave my a copy of this book when I started teaching 13 years ago. Since then, I have read it every August before I start the school year.

I enjoy reviewing the components of good teaching (positive expectations, classroom management, and lesson mastery). However, my favorite part is the section called, The Teacher as a Professional. It helps me maintain a positive and professional attitude during the school year which is not always easy to do. Thank you Harry and Rosemary Wong for inspiring me to be a teacher-leader, not a worker!
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A useful book January 2, 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this book as a student teacher because reviews had suggested it along with Teaching With Love and Logic. Overall, I would say that The First Days of School is a useful book, specifically its emphasis on the implementation of procedures as a way to prevent class management problems. However, the layout of the book seems to target an elementary student instead of a professional. The side bars contain important information at times, yet often, they seem to be space fillers to create a longer book. In addition, information is repeated so that the reader begins to feel like the authors believe that s/he is not intelligent enough to understand a concept when stated once. Lastly, the book is not well written, making it slightly difficult to read due to the style used.

I still would recommend the book. Some suggestions seem like they would be extremely effective (and even common sense or common courtesy) yet they are overlooked by most of the teachers whom I have observed as a student teacher. I feel that Harry and Rosemary Wong have written a book that reminds us that we are professionals who must act in a professional way, meaning: prepare as much as we can, create procedures that help to manage a classroom, be organized, dress well, become a role model, introduce and reinforce respect. They also include helpful examples of procedures that can easily be adapted to fit any classroom.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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I used to to teach high school English and History in Singapore for eight years, and I am now settled in the US, and working towards a masters (and eventually a PhD) in education. I was recommended this book in one of my graduate classes, and am very impressed by it. In fact, I wish that I had this book when I was a beginning teacher 13 years ago. "The First Days of School" is a highly organized educational resource that takes educators (both novice and experienced) step-by-step through the skills and strategies that teachers can use to become more professional in their teaching and learning. It covers all the basics such as the skills needed to succeed in one's first year of teaching, i.e. having positive expectations for student success, being an efficient classroom manager, designing effective lesson plans and implementing them successfully in the classroom, and finally being a lifelong learner.

This edition of the book also comes with a DVD "The First Days of School" which features Chelonnda Seroyer, voted "Teacher-of-the-year" at her school. Ms. Seroyer used "The First Days of School" to come up with effective procedures that she could use in her classroom to attain positive learning outcomes, and shares these procedures in the DVD.

A handy and practical resource, I'd recommend this to all novice and experienced teachers.
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Veterans as Well as New Teachers! December 21, 2008
Format:Paperback
I recently received a copy of the newly revised version of The First Days of School, and I love it! I'm enjoying it so much that I don't want to rush through it. I read it a little at a time, savoring it like a wonderful piece of chocolate. Everything is clearly written, and much of what is written is quite profound in its simplicity. I love the sidebars with extra information and inspirational stories, as well as the internet links to additional resources. The page layout is attractive and easy to read. Many people are familiar with this book as a "must have" for beginning teachers, but as a 27-year veteran, I can say that this book is just as powerful today as it was when I first read it years ago. There is much wisdom tucked inside its pages!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Days of School September 7, 2009
Format:Paperback
After teaching in the public schools for over 20 years, I came upon this book. I wished I had read it before my first day of teaching. This book has changed my life - really. After going to countless workshops, graduate ed. classes and inservices, I still did not know many of these practical, time-tested techniques of teaching and classroom management and often felt that college had not prepared me for this job. I am no longer counting the years to retirement, I am excited every day to teach my wonderful 6th & 7th graders!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder it is a best seller! May 31, 2009
Format:Paperback
More copies of this book have been sold than any other book in education! And no wonder, because the methods described by Harry Wong are tried and true. The 4th edition has been updated to include the latest in technology. This is a great book that blends the art of teaching with the science of teaching!

Due to the economy, in most states teachers are facing larger than ever class sizes. Therefore it is even more crucial that teachers make classroom procedures a high priority! I would highly recommend this book for new teachers, student teachers, and veteran teachers! There is something for everyone in this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must for a teacher. Even an experienced one.
Any teacher should have this.
Published 7 hours ago by Jon C. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super book for first time teachers! And for seasoned ones too
Published 8 hours ago by Andrea L Palm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I must have for all future and current teachers.
Published 3 days ago by Shay Future Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book, it really helped me in preparing for my first year of teaching and is a great resource as I continue my teachign career :)
Published 3 days ago by Sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life. The first day is the most important day.
Absolutely the best book that I have read since starting grad school a year ago. Many programs don't teach first day of school rituals and in turn first year teachers fail. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ashley L Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent advice and practical strategies.
Published 7 days ago by Martha H Grubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like the fact it is soft not to interfere with my luxurious mattress. It fitted perfectly. I like
Published 7 days ago by Jayjay
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for first year k-6 teachers
Good for k-6 New teachers, 7-12 should only read chapter 18 to 20. These chapters will help improve classroom management
Published 9 days ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!
Teachers should read this. New teachers probably have the most to gain from this because it outlines how to create an effective classroom.
Published 9 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book
Published 12 days ago by Dalton G.
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Why The First Days of School is a necessary book
I agree! It's all about the details on the first day. The most important thing to me about this book is that no matter how badly you thought the day went, you can pick this up and still remember why you love to teach!
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