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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Amazing!

This book is amazing. It makes you think about things that you already assume students know. I would recommend this to all new teachers and even seasoned teachers.

posted by Anonymous on June 20, 2004

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6 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

How to be an Effective Rookie!

This book is for those that were naive enough in primary and secondary educational institutions to take their teachers for granted.......any one of us could have written this book......Chapter 19 is one of the most obvious chapters ever written! No where in this book d...
This book is for those that were naive enough in primary and secondary educational institutions to take their teachers for granted.......any one of us could have written this book......Chapter 19 is one of the most obvious chapters ever written! No where in this book does it teach a young educator on how to be an effective teacher amongst children in the inner city.....a teacher's main concern is how do I motivate the students to succeed.......only folks that lack people skills find themselves recommending this book or coveting this book as acceptable reading material for our future educators......no wonder the American educational system is in disarray......ineffective instructors still don't know how to be effective......but that is what they get paid to do....yikes! If you want to be effective, find a way to get students to listen first......i.e. spark up their attention and find a way to make students slightly enthusiastic for their educational well-being....

posted by Anonymous on December 16, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    Do not really need!!

    I bought this book in hopes of learning more about being an effective teacher. I will be student teaching this semester, and I was hoping it would give me some pointers. It ended up being exactly what I have learned already through my classes. For me, this book did not teach me anything new or even help me out.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    Future Teacher

    While to book has some valid points, i disagreed with some of the points and worry that someone may be poorly influenced. There was no mention of special education children in a mainstream classroom. This topic is often left out of college preparation programs and textbooks, and books. It is disappointing. There should be more preparation for incoming teachers to be aware of special education children (ELL, Learning disabilities, ADD, Autism, etc.) These students are often overlooked and therefore continue to struggle in the public school system.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    A reviewer

    While there are some good practices that teachers might employ from this book, I have found major concern with Wong's approach. In his video tapes he brags that once he was out one day for class, and the class went on without him and without a substitute teacher. Does this mean they just do worksheets and busy work? Does Wong actually teach? What kind of students does he have? Are they self-motivated and well-behaved generally? Was this all twenty years ago or more? Times have changed. Some good practices haven't and Wong gives some good advice, but teachers beware. Good teaching is not entirely classroom management. If the class can go on without you then perhaps you should stay home. New teachers are provided this book across the country to help them in classroom. Take what parts can help you, but take all such cure all books in education with a massive grain of salt. You are better off finding good mentors to advise you than to get your ideas from a book that might not meet the needs of your school or classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    Not what I was hoping for

    I was so excited to get this book because as an elementary education major I was hoping to get real concrete tips that would help me in my first year of teaching. There was plenty of phrases but I didn't find too much concrete information to take and use.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    Clueless & Mindless

    Wong believes that classroom management is achieved simply by implementing procedures. Somehow effective teaching strategies and building strong relationships get pushed to the side. I also don't care for any book that prides itself on what to do but not why you do it. Teachers are professionals and should not rely on gimmicks that make it sound as if the profession is easy and can be done by anybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    WRONG COMPARISONS

    TO compare classroom management with a retail store management is the most unproffessional method a teacher can do. As a proffessional customer service specialist and a teacher trainee, i disagree with the author 100%. I have been subbing for one year and when i beggan training as a teacher, i visited Barnes and Noble book store. I read that book while sipping coffee for two hours. I stayed away from it.Schools are not like stores. At least the author should have said that schools are like store distribution centres.

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