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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Harry K. Wong Publications; Pap/Cdr edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962936065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962936067
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 28 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on June 13 2004
Format: Paperback
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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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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By A Customer on Feb. 27 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By Carl Lee on Jan. 14 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on Aug. 26 2003
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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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