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The First Days Of School: How To Be An Effective Teacher (Book and CD) 3rd Edition 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0962936067
ISBN-10: 0962936065
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Product Details

  • 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 (1,074 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The First Days of School, is number one on the MUST READ list for anyone who aspires to be a good teacher. I'm in my thirty-first year as a high school science teacher and for the last nine years I have used this invaluable resource as a guide. I have obtained great ideas and strategies, priceless advice, valuable insight and inspiration. Using ideas from this resource concerning classroom management, lesson mastery, professionalism, positive expectations, et cetera, a teacher can formulate his/her own style to make themselves a much better, more effective professional educator. Dr. Wong's book applies to all teachers - rookies, veterans, elementary, middle school, and high school - alike. It provides a multitude of "time-tested" practical ideas, strategies and techniques which will make your teaching more effective, fun, exciting, meaningful, relevant, enjoyable, rewarding and successful. You will be at your best everyday; your classroom will function smoothly and at top productivity; and your students will leave each day with a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.
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I have just finished my first year teaching and found "The First Days of School" useful for setting up a classroom but not for dealing with extreme problems.
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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I won't go so far to say that this book could replace going through a teacher education program. But there is such a gap between all of the "theoretical stuff" you learn from your professors, and actual practice that this book has been literally a God-send to thousands of teachers.
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!
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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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I first was introduced to Harry Wong through a set of videos my mentor teacher had. I found his advice useful, and I still use a number of those ideas today. Coming from a department that didn't stress classroom management very well, I found this book to be priceless.
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.
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