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The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher [With CDROM] [Paperback]

Harry K. Wong , Rosemary T. Wong
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July 2004
Book Description The First Days of School Hands down, by far, the best selling book in education. With over 2.8 million copies sold, it continues to be at the top of the chart. The revised and updated Version Three of The First Days of School includes a 38 minute bonus multimedia Enhanced CD. The CD features Harry Wong, the most sought-after speaker in education on an audio and a video track. His message, Never Cease to Learn, is one that will inspire all educators.

The First Days of School is for new and veteran teachers, from kindergarten to college instructors. The graphic layout, with 302 photos and illustrations, is partnered with text that flows silken smooth. You will learn about classroom management, teaching for mastery and to standards, and creating positive expectations. The First Days of School will bring you instant results so that you can become an even more effective teacher.

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1.0 out of 5 stars I wish they had a 0 star for this book May 28 2004
By Chris
I was required to read this book in college. I have to say it was the biggest waste of my time and money. This book seems to talk down to the reader as if they were a child. The books spends too much time telling teachers to do things like smile. If you can't smile at your students, maybe you shouldn't be teaching!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for elementary, too naive for middle school June 13 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Way to Start the year March 23 2013
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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.... and, every few years it is a good review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too many misjudgements Feb. 27 2004
By A Customer
There are too many negative reviews for this book. It is sad to say that our educators cannot look at this book and others objectively and realize (before reading any book) that there is no one proven method on how be an effective teacher. Harry Wong offers many suggestions that can only work if you attempt them and attempt them more than once. Being an effective teacher takes trial and error to see what works with the students that you have now. He does offer many things that may appear to be common sense, but if they were, why are many teachers failing to do their job? I reccommend that new and veteran teachers alike read this book and try some of the different methods that he suggests. I have found that while many do work, there are some that do not. I have also found, after seeing on of his sememars on video, that many readers lose his witty sarcasm and take what he says as rude, arrogant, or just plain harsh. Wong's approach to teaching is that is should not wear you out the way that it does many teachers. He says that effective teachers are not worn out by attempting to manage their class, teach the lesson, and even handle discipline. Done properly, effective teaching is rewarding and refreshing. I highly recommend this book and, if possible, also recommend that teacher try see any of his seminars, either in person or on video. Together, each makes much more sense, and ther viewer can get many effective ways to not only manage their classroom, but teach the students so that they can obatin mastery.
(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)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read It Before You Start Teaching Jan. 14 2007
This is an excellent book for new teachers or experienced teachers who want to review classroom management and organizational techniques. A lot of the suggestions require implementation from Day One, so it's best to read the book before you start with a new group of students. There are a lot of ideas in the book that will save you time and money, and there are many ideas that you can use to teach your students to become more self-sufficient. The First Days of School is lacking in depth but it's an easy read full of practical ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Book" for teachers! May 7 2004
By A Customer
This is the BEST book on teaching that I have ever encountered. I am two classes away from my MA in Education and feel that most of the required TEXTBOOK reading at the degree factory, I mean university, was a huge waste of time. Harry Wong's book, however, gave me excellent advice on classroom management and there are still many ideas in the book that I hope to apply one day. Everyone to whom I have recommended this book has found it to be the most useful book on teaching that they have ever read. DON'T start your first year of teaching without it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BIBLE for teachers Aug. 26 2003
By Amanda
The First Days of School should be a mandatory read for ALL teachers. The book is easy to read and has a wealth of wonderful information, ideas and inspiration for teachers. I read it straight through and refer back to it often. It has totally transformed my career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is an excellent book with loads of useful information for teachers at any stage in their career. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2011 by childofthenorth23
3.0 out of 5 stars Read while you are becoming a teacher
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 more
Published on July 28 2007 by M. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a textbook in my BEd. program
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 more
Published on Aug. 13 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Help for Teachers!
It's a known fact that education majors consistently score lowest of all majors - on standardized tests, current affairs quizzes, foreign policy, etc. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Ann Lesters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for First Year Teachers.
Last year was my first year as a full time teacher. I was so very nervous and timid before the year began. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Mary Beth Winston
5.0 out of 5 stars A veteran teacher of 25 years
I recommend this book to all teachers, whether novice or experienced. The ideas and material throughout the book are invaluable! Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by 30 years in education
1.0 out of 5 stars This book gave me a nervous twitch
I don't know what to say about this book. Perhaps, I didn't give it enough of a chance. But, most of the time I thought they were writing for 10 year olds with such wonderful... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Panaman
5.0 out of 5 stars helpful, YES, useful, YES
As a education student about to do my student teaching, I bought this book after seeing his videos in my classroom management class. Read more
Published on April 26 2004
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