The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher Paperback – Jan 1 2009
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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.
In my 13th year of teaching, I finally had my own class. I thought I had the skills to manage a class. I quickly found out that teaching a 40 minute class is a lot different than teaching a class all day for 5 1/2 hours. I needed to learn how to manage a class or the class was going to manage me.
My principal gae me the name of Harry Wong and his videos (DVDs now!)The Effective Teacher. I watched those videos and then enrolled in a study group our district held for his book The First Days of School. Not only did I learn how to become a good classroom manager, I also learned how to design lessons to help students achieve and what it means to be a professional educator and an effective teacher. For 16 years, until I retired, I reviewed my copious notes on the First Days of School every August before school started. I fine tuned my lessons and procedures and made sure that my students and I had a fantastic first day of school and a fantastic year of learning.
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I love how this book came in mint condition with nice paper (not too thin...) with a handy cd!Published 5 months ago by Alias Gal