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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harry K Wong Pubn; 4 Pap/DVD edition (Jan. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976423316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976423317
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Imran Khan on Oct. 5 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Manitoba High School English Teacher on 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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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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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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By Michael Jursic on Nov. 19 2014
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The sine qua non of books for new teachers.
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