- Paperback: 338 pages
- Publisher: Harry K. Wong Publications; 3rd edition (July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0962936065
- ISBN-13: 978-0962936067
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,088 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wong's book was an excellent resource for me when I was given a job description, a classroom, and little else. Wong will explain to you how to set up everything from your gradebook to your classroom management system. He stresses the importance of routines and procedures to classroom management, and he is indeed right. If you teach in a school where the students are used to structured classrooms and consistent discipline systems, this book will cover most of what you need to know. Buy it, implement it, call it heaven-sent.
HOWEVER: Wong fails to address the WHAT IFs of classroom management like: what if I'm doing all of these things and the kids are defiant? What if all 35 of them decide to act up? What if I totally lose it? These were the major questions at my school this year, and many of were dissatisfied by the way Wong assumed children would react.
Case in point:
In a discussion of logical consequences for a child not entering the room correctly, Wong suggests that you tell the child to do it over again until he does it correctly. I'm sure that a 2nd grader would repeat the procedure correctly and sit down. An older child at a school with a consistent discipline plan might do this as well.
At my school this year, our 7th graders (who had every 6th grade teacher walk out on them the year before and had gone through five Junior High teachers this year already) would do one of the following:
1. Scream obscenities at the teacher and leave the room (not to re-enter correctly but to ditch);
2. Re-enter incorrectly until the teacher went crazy and wrote the kid a referral*;
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Dr. Wong and his wife have put together a wonderful resource based on the experieces of hundreds of successful teachers. This book is designed to give the pre-service teacher, or relatively new teacher a handle on what can be, the overwhelming experience of managing a classroom.
This book deals in depth with what a successful teacher looks like, how to have positive expectations about student success, the sometimes elusive art of classroom management, designing lessons to foster student mastery, and the teacher as a professional educator.
Practical, sometimes funny and inspiring from beginning to end, The First Days of School will both strengthen and encourage you for the journey ahead. Buy this book today, and read it many times over. I did!
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!
This is a book you need to read BEFORE the "First Days of School". Some of the ideas take awhile to implement and many of them need to be in place from day one. You can't change you rules two or three times and not expect to upset the apple cart (no pun intended).
The only real drawback I saw in this book is, like so many things in education, this book is largely geared toward elementary teaching. Although it is useful to a secondary teacher, it really shines for the elementary teacher.
I don't have my original copy anymore. It has been passed down to new teachers over the last couple years, but each of them has found it useful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book will help me every single year I am a teacher starting with this year!Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Some excellent aids. An editor could've cut the book to 20% it's current size. It'd still be worth it, but would then be easier to find the good stuff. Read morePublished 9 days ago by romn
As a new teacher I greatly appreciated this book and I know that a lot of people say that most of the book is just really common sense, they really don't know what it is like for a... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Julian Murray
Great book, even for veteran teachers! Good reminders of why we do what we do and how to do it best for our students.Published 15 days ago by Heather Felter
Before you first year of teaching begins, you must read this book. Do what it says and your first year will not be as miserable as mine was.Published 20 days ago by gulpirak