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

Harry K. Wong , Rosemary T. Wong
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Jan. 1 2009 0976423316 978-0976423317 4 Pap/DVD
The best-selling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement with over 3.6 million copies sold. The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college.

The book is used in thousands of school districts, in over 116 countries, and in over 2,027 college classrooms. It's practical, yet inspiring. But most important, it works!

The new 4th edition includes updated research, photos, and more examples of "how-to" along with an implementation DVD, "Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL" featuring Chelonnda Seroyer.

This is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success.

About The Author

Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong are award-winning teachers and new teacher advocates. Harry is a native of San Francisco and is arguably the most sought-after motivational speaker in education today having given some 3000 presentations to over a million people. He has been called "Mr. Practicality" for his common sense, user-friendly, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success. The March 2006 issue of Instructor magazine named him one of the 20 most admired people in education along with Maya Angelou, Howard Gardner, and Oprah Winfrey. He has received numerous other teaching honors.

Rosemary is from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her classroom success led to her selection as one of the first Mentor teachers in California. She has received many Silicon Valley business honors and the Southeastern Louisiana University Distinguished Alumni Award.

A portion of the profit from the sale of their book funds "The First Days of School Foundation." That foundation has built and funds the 425 student "Wong Mean Reth Learning Academy" in the jungles of Cambodia.

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Classroom management is one of the biggest challenges for a teacher. It often takes years to master. However, it can be made easier by understanding that a lot of it can be done proactively by the way that we set up our classrooms, plan our lessons, and avoid trying to control students and let them be themselves. Harry and Rosemary Wong understand this and have been kind enough to share their insights in this book.

One suggestion that stuck with me: Don't have "rules"; have "procedures". A rule is a dare to be challenged (as least from a child's point of view). When you have a procedure instead, you are simply telling students the proper way to behave. So, for example, instead of "No talking during class", you say "If you wish to speak, put your hand up and ask for permission."

Also, don't try to control students. Let them learn in their own way and just try to manage the class so that as much learning takes place as possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for new teachers Feb. 15 2012
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I purchased this book shortly after graduating from an Education program while looking for a job. In September, the day before my very first day of school, I inhaled this book and changed the plans for my first day entirely. This book addresses all of the questions I had at the very beginning of the first few days of school. From how to greet students first thing in the morning to getting the most valuable information from them at the end of the period, phoning home, parent teacher interviews, and a variety of ways to set up your classroom, it covered all of the basics I needed. Of course I still had questions that only my school administration team could answer, but I was able to feel ready for that very first day. One of the best things about this book is it is universal, it has applications that can work in any K-12 classroom. Personally, I teach 9-12 and had to make a few adaptations, but it has worked for me! I've passed this book onto my principal, raving about it, especially for those teachers who are new to our division, or new to the profession. This book is not meant to be a cover-all for all aspects of teaching, but rather a step-by-step guide for any new and anxious teacher the week before school starts. Supplement with other material and texts and you have the perfect beginning teacher's library!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Effective, Clear and Easy to read! July 25 2013
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I have been reviewing this book for the past couple of weeks and love how it is so well organized. It isn't tedious to find information, there is additional information on line and I am really looking forward to putting some of the ideas into practice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all pre-service teachers . Feb. 25 2013
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In addition to supporting the develop of effective new teachers, this is a valuable resource for teachers looling to improve the quality of their classroom instruction.
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