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Book Title: The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher|
The author of the book: Harry K. Wong
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Reader ratings: 7.9
Edition: Harry K. Wong Publications
Date of issue: July 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780962936036
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.78 MB
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This book came highly recommended from several sources. I had received a copy as a gift when I began teaching at the high school level, but I hadn't bothered to open it until recently.
After reading it, I'm glad that I didn't adopt Wong's methodologies as a first-day secondary teacher. My classes would have eaten me alive. It's not that the book is necessarily poor, but I believe that it is best-suited for K-5 teachers, who deal with students at a much earlier point in their development. Many of the suggestions presented in this book would have been dismissed as childish and condescending by teens.
The book is organized more like a magazine than a text, with numerous sidebars with tangential information and testimonials from teachers who felt relieved from some of the suggestions that Wong provided. Perhaps a portion of my less-than-stellar review stems from my general distrust of books that contain an infomercial about itself as part of its primary content.
There are some useful tips, but this manual could have easily been reduced from its unwieldy length of 352 pages to a 20-30 page pamphlet. It is unnecessary to devote a full-length chapter to convey the benefits of dressing professionally. Furthermore, it is equally unnecessary to devote a section of the book to the topic of "how to take attendance".
As previously stated, perhaps this book would be best for elementary school teachers. In my opinion, it is not the best book for secondary educators, although admittedly my experience may bias my judgment.
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Harry K. Wong is an author, a speaker, and a publisher on the subject of education. He has authored over 30 publications, often coauthoring with his wife Rosemary Wong, which he did on his best known work, The First Days of School. He also has authored a monthly column on www.teachers.net, a CD set, and a book on New Teacher Induction. He has an eLearning course on classroom management and has appeared in an award-winning video series, The Effective Teacher.
His many journal articles can be found in Educational Leadership, KAPPAN, Principal Leadership, NASSP Bulletin, American School Board Journal, Kappa Delta Pi Record, School Business Affairs, and Education Week. Most of these can be accessed on www.NewTeacher.com.
Harry Wong is a former secondary science classroom teacher. A San Francisco native, he is a graduate of Lowell High School. His undergraduate degree is from University of California, Berkeley. His doctorate is from Brigham Young University in Utah.
Dr. Wong has been awarded the Horace Mann Outstanding Educator Award, Upton Sinclair Award, Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award, the Science Teacher Achievement Recognition Award, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award, and the Valley Forge Teacher's Medal.
In 2012, the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas, presented him with its first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harry K. Wong has given some 3500 presentations to over a million people. He has been the general session speaker at every major educational meeting and at Toastmasters International. His lectures have taken him to every American state and Canadian province and to Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Antarctica. His wife, Rosemary, shares the stage with him as he travels the world helping teachers.
He and Rosemary are new teacher advocates. He is the father of three children, four grandchildren, and is madly in love with his Sicilian, mentor-teacher wife. They have built a school in Cambodia.