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Maybe for elementary teachers?
, November 15, 2005
This review is from: The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (Paperback)
I was given this book by my school district three days before I started teaching 9th and 10th graders in an urban school. Most of what I found was not very useful to my particular situation. Wong seems to assume that new teachers are provided all the tools they need to get started, when in reality, many fledgling teachers (like me) didn't have a classroom and shoved around to a different room every period. When I saw the picture of the tidy desk with the plan book opened to the day's painstakingly complete lesson, with Wong's caption that this first-year teacher was "ready for the first day of school," I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I didn't even have enough copies of the ten-year-old literature textbooks for all my students, and I had to push three class sets of texts for my three preps on a cart all day.
If I would have tried the "give me five" method of getting my seventh-period general 10 English class to quiet down, they would have "given me one," if you get my meaning. Maybe that works with elementary school kids, but high school kids would laugh in that poor teacher's face.
In my opinion, if you want a really good book that helps you cope with real kids and real situations, get Louanne Johnson's _Two Parts Textbook, One Part Love_ instead!
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