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The First Days of School by Harry K. Wong
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Aug 06, 08

Recommended to Ayacalypso by: A teaching course professor
Recommended for: student teachers, new teachers, or teachers who need help getting control over their classroom.
Read in August, 2008

This book taught me several things that were not taught in my teaching courses, for example:
- How spending time at the beginning of the school year, teaching class procedures instead of content will actually maximize instructional time for the rest of the year.
- How to use a predictable daily routine to get students to begin working right away and minimize transition time.
- When is the best time to take role.
- Stressing the element of student choice in managing behavior ("You chose not to turn in your homework, therefore you will earn a 0 for the assignment.")
- The importance of telling students why they are learning something or why they are doing a particular activity.
- How to avoid being brought down by the negativity, low morale and energy level of other teachers.
- How to portray friendliness while still being professional to the students.
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