The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher [With CDROM] Paperback – Jul 2004
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If we are to prepare students for tomorrow's world, we need to know the world. If you do not know the world, ask your principal for a day off and go take a look. Stand at a major airport and watch passengers disembark from United, Lufthansa, and Japan Air Lines.
Then go downtown in the business district of a city and watch the successful people walk by--executives, shopkeepers, salespeople, and secretaries...
Having observed the world, after you have dressed in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror before you go to school to face your students who will see you as a model of success in tomorrow's competitive global economy. Ask yourself the following three questions....
2) Would McDonald's allow you to hand food to a customer dressed the way you are? (page 58).
(Note: If you have read and or watch any video by Wong, you will notice that a lot of my wording comes from him and what he has to say)
There is little in this book about being an educator. There is an awful lot of little proverbs that denegrate traditional teaching methods. There's a lot of talk about "procedures" and "management", expressed in a repetitive but context-empty manner. It does not help get the message across that the book design seems to make it appear an entry in a contest to use the most fonts, styles, and top- side- and footnotes possible on a single printed page. It's so distracting that it becomes hard to follow the actual text, what there is of it.
Some of the material in this book is very disturbing to me as a parent. Statements reminding teachers that they "may be the only sane adult" that your child "may ever encounter" in their "entire life" are just one example of a philosophy that objectifies children. Some of the techniques recommended by Wong, in particular his emphasis on punitive punishments, are holdovers from fifty years ago. There is nothing about motivating students - just managing them.
Please, as a parent of a child in a classroom where this method is being used, please buy some good books for your classroom and ignore the advice to buy this one. You'll be a better teacher for it.
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A very useful book for new and experienced teachers alike. This edition is a little bit out of date, but still helpful.Published 17 months ago by teacher
This book will help new and fairly new teachers, think about the set up of the classroom for the new year. You forget things over the summer.... Read morePublished on March 23 2013 by Marcella Archibald
This is an excellent book with loads of useful information for teachers at any stage in their career. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2011 by childofthenorth23
I read this book after completing my BEd and was not very impressed with it. The book does not contain many details, rather just lists. Read morePublished on July 28 2007 by Maureen M.
It's well written and full of tips and tricks to make sure your school year is a success. I plan on re-reading it often and having as a resource for years to come. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2005
It's a known fact that education majors consistently score lowest of all majors - on standardized tests, current affairs quizzes, foreign policy, etc. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Ann Lesters
Last year was my first year as a full time teacher. I was so very nervous and timid before the year began. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Mary Beth Winston
I recommend this book to all teachers, whether novice or experienced. The ideas and material throughout the book are invaluable! Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by 30 years in education