The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher / Edition 4

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976423317
  • Publisher: Wong, Harry K. Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 15,583
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit A - Basic Understandings __The Teacher

The successful teacher must know and practice the three characteristics of an effective teacher.

1. Why You Need to Succeed on the First Days of School
2. What Is an Effective Teacher?
3. How You Can Be a Happy First-Year Teacher
4. How to Close the Student Achievement Gap
5. Why You Should Use Proven, Research-Based Practices

Unit B - First Characteristic __Positive Expectations

The effective teacher has positive expectations for student success.

6. Why Positive Expectations Are Important
7. How to Help All Students Succeed
8. How to Dress for Success
9. How to Invite Students to Learn
10. How to Increase Positive Student Behavior

Unit C - Second Characteristic __Classroom Management
The effective teacher is an extremely good classroom manager.

11. How to Have a Well-Managed Classroom
12. How to Have Your Classroom Ready
13. How to Introduce Yourself to Your Class
14. How to Arrange and Assign Seating
15. How to Start a Class Effectively
16. When and How to Take Roll
17. How to Maintain an Effective Grade Record System
18. How to Have an Effective Discipline Plan
19. How to Teach Students to Follow Classroom Procedures
20. How Procedures Improve the Opportunity to Learn

Unit D - Third Characteristic __Lesson Mastery
The successful teacher knows how to design lessons to help students achieve.

21. How to Create an Effective Assignment
22. How to Test for Student Learning
23. How to Assess for Student Learning
24. How to Enhance Student Learning

UnitE - Future Understandings __The Professional
The teacher who constantly learns and grows becomes a professional educator.

25. How to Develop a Culture of Effective Teachers

Epilogue How to Develop a Culture of Effective Teachers
Index

Back of Book "Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL"
The DVD features Chelonnda Seroyer as she walks you through how she implements The First Days of School in her classroom.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    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.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2009

    Naysayers miss the point

    For those of you who feel that you know it all and believe that the Wongs' ideas are not significant enough to use or read about are missing the point. While the ideas that the Wongs put forth are not necessarily new, the concepts are some of the essentials of which all teachers to be aware. Those of you who are substitutes or rooky teachers may not have enough experience to understand that most weak teachers are lacking in these basic skills of developing and teaching procedures, and then consistently revisiting them throughout the school year. We who are passionate about teaching realize that the Wongs get it! As a college professor who teaches methods and curriculum classes and supervises student teachers, I see that my students who are able to apply these techniques are much more effective than the others. The book is not the end-all to teaching techniques. But, it is the beginning. And it is up to the effective teacher to take it to the next level. I taught in a large metropolitan school system for 32 years. And these techniques were basic to my success. I never tired of it, and continue to believe that these ideas are timeless.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    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 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....

    6 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2003

    Great book for beginning and veteran teachers

    Not only should beginning teachers read this book, but teachers who have been in the profession for many years should read it! I'm not sure why anyone would give this book a bad review. I would have to admit, I thought some of the ideas were a bit absurd when I was a pre-teacher (as many are who are giving bad reviews), but as someone who has been in the classroom (and various classrooms, at that), Mr. Wong's ideas and teaching methods are effective and are MUCH NEEDED IN TODAY'S SOCIETY!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    I agree with him!

    To the substitute who thinks Wong is wrong, you're in the minority! I am a substitute myself, and this man is inspiring! I am actually taking classes to get my Master's in Education, and my professor recommends this, so teachers must think his ideas work. We watched part of one of his videos, and this man has some great ideas!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The New Teacher's must have!!!

    This updated version of Dr. Wong's book provides teachers with how to organize and manage a classroom. It is a must read for all teachers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Agree in theory but not in practice

    I agree with Wongs theories like establishing the routines of the classroom in the first weeks of school, teach children the expectations and procedures first. But Wong comes from an upscale urban education setting and it does not translate well to the lower income educational setting. Children of upper and middle incomes levels have the drive and support to learn and the support of family at home. This is lacking in lower socioeconomic families. While you can teach children at all levels to follow procedures and routines if they are taught as Wong prescribes, you can not teach a child to learn if they do not have the drive and support at home. This is the fundamental difference of children from different socioeconomic backgrounds and the real struggle we face in American Education today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Great, great, great Book!

    This book is a must for educational students, first time and seasonal teachers! Harry Wong gives great points in this book. Dvd's are also available that highlight everything in the book. In the dvd's Harry Wong presents the information to teachers in a seminar style setting. I recommend the dvd's for people who don't have time to read and using the book as a refresher. Either way the information Mr. Wong presents is invaluable!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2009

    Likely to Be Invaluable to the Majority of New Teachers

    When I teach students a new skill, I often tell them, "If you want to get really good at this, you should practice the pattern I'm teaching until it becomes easy. Then you can create your own way to do it better." This advice helps prevent a lot of 'doing it MY way' disasters. Of course, there is occasionally a truly gifted student who can figure out how to correctly solve complex problems in his/her own way. But most students benefit from following the patterned examples the teacher gives.

    Learning to be an effective teacher is similar. There will always be a few gifted souls who can, without a hitch, on the first day, manage a classroom of 30+ needy and diverse learners, while delivering riveting and well-organized lessons, keeping up with paperwork, and maintaining a professional relationship with students, parents, and coworkers. The rest of us can benefit from the patterns laid out by master teachers that are in "The First Days" book.

    For beginning elementary school teachers, this book gives an abundance of tried-and-true recommendations (disaster-prevention patterns) for classroom set-up, discipline, lesson planning and parent-teacher communication. If a beginning teacher really sticks to the things the Wongs say, he/she is much more likely to have a well-managed classroom with effective learning taking place.

    However, for the experienced teacher or the truly gifted classroom manager (in other words, those who have mastered the basics and are ready to succeed while being creative), the book's advice may seem obvious, inefficient, or uninspiring.

    For the majority of beginning teachers, "The First Days" is likely to be an invaluable reference.

    P.S. I'm an elementary education teacher, so I can't vouch for its effectiveness for teachers of older students.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Best Guide to Classroom Management - Hands Down

    The 4th edition of The First Days of School improves upon an almost perfect course in classroom management. Why don't Teacher's Colleges offer this instruction? This manual includes procedures for attaining success in the classroom from day one. It is useful for all teachers from preschool through high school, especially for grades 3-12. Everything you need to know to organize a classroom for learning is included in the book. It is enhanced by an outstanding video and online support. Harry and Rosemary Wong are master teachers of students and master guides of teachers. This resource is effective for new and experienced teachers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2009

    Practical Advice for the Classroom Teacher

    I have taught high school for 10 years and middle school for 6 years in public schools both in suburban and urban settings, and I must say that this book is fantastic. The courses at my university provided an interesting background about the history of education and theories of learning, but it wasn't until I did my student teaching (over 200 seventh-graders and five different preps!) that I began to understand that a successful teacher is a successful leader in the classroom. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful cooperating teacher who showed me the ropes, but when I got my first teaching job and had my own classroom, I was sure I knew it all. Ha ha! I learned a lot from my mistakes, but not without a share of unnecessary stress and some gray hairs in my 23-year-old head. As years went by and I refined my style, I began mentoring other teachers, and I was introduced to this book. The authors have hit the nail on the head! The lessons I learned from the school of hard knocks are right there in an easy-to-read format. Yes, if you have an excellent mentor, if you have perfect students, if you anticipate every situation and come up with the right method of addressing problems on the first try every time, then you won't like this book. But if you want useful ideas on classroom management--everything from best practices in setting up seating to how to handle a parent phone call when a student has been a veritable beast in your classroom--this book is extremely helpful. The advice in here is much of the same I was given by the master teachers in my building who helped me (and my fellow rookies) navigate my early teaching career. I no longer needed the book's advice after I had established my own rhythm and processes for the beginning of the school year and beyond, and I had plenty of strategies in my back pocket by year five of teaching. But I highly recommend it for new teachers, student teachers, or veteran teachers who are looking for a way to establish processes and codes of conduct and communicate those with their students in a positive, assertive way--the first days of a new semester or a new school year. It's also great for a substitute teacher in terms of helping share what works well in a classroom and what will most likely backfire.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    Another 'cult' book

    How sad that so many teachers embrace this book. It fails to stimulate or challenge on the essential issues of teaching and it actually gives a lot of not-very-good but too-readily-accepted advice. My clue should have been that so many teachers talk about Wong as if he has all the answers...Wong? Wrong!

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    Incredible and Time saving

    Absoloutely on the target. I have been teaching for 5 years and it saved me the first year from quitting. Wong can't be wrong!!! It works--I have two copies and still use them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    Great introductory book

    this book is great for the first time teacher and can even help old time teachers learn new tricks.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2002

    Must Have

    If you are serious about teaching then this is definately a must have. This is one of the best books I have seen for the new teacher. It has something for everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    A Great Resource For Any Type Of Teacher!!

    I Found this book to be extremely useful! I am currently student teaching and constantly find myself refering to this book. It has excellent ideas! I recommend this book to everyone who teaches, but especially to those who are going into thier first years of teaching.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2001

    An Amazingly Helpful Guide

    This book is wonderful. Not only a handbook for problems that arise, it is also a page turner. First-year teachers can avoid a lot of mistakes by following the simple yet elusive strategies provided in this comprehensive book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    A student teacher gives it two thumbs up!

    I was required to buy this book by my university - Texas A&M Commerce. I am in my second half of student teaching and have read the book three times so far! My elementary school campus also bought the program, both books and videos for all of their teachers. So, it has been a joyful experience to learn both in college AND in the classroom with my mentor. The section about classroom management is invaluable. The layout of the book is both easy to read and easy to reference. Many of the tips offered come from actual classroom experiences and teachers. Although the book shows a definite structure for procedures in the classroom, the student-centered delivery of the procedures allows me to know I will be effective when guiding them! So often, beginning teachers just need to know how to start the first days of school. This book helps me prepare for my experience next year!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Fantastic!

    I would highly recommend this book to any teacher - first year or veteran. I've been teaching for 5 years and found many pointers in this book to be useful. It is also great as a refresher on what I already know. Definitely a must buy! :)

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