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The First Days of School

By: Harry K. Wong,Rosemary T. Wong
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
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The bestselling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement with over 3.7 million copies sold. The audiobook 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 120 countries, and in over 2,114 college classrooms, and has been translated into 5 languages. It's practical, yet inspiring. But most important, it works!

This is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success.

©2009 Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Best suited for paper format

Was a good listen but the book is formatted more to be read in print than to be listened to if you want to use it to its fullest. Will probably end up buying print or Kindle as well.

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Best book ever on modern education.

The book is fantastic. I enjoyed the audible version so much, I'm motivated now to also pick up the print version and to go back as a reference. The only downside to this audiobook was the narrator, which is often the case for many well written pieces. Strongly recommend

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This is the best recommendation and lifesaver I’ve used

I’m a new classroom music teacher. I have over 30 years experience in giving one-on-one private lessons, being a teaching artist, directing ensembles or leading music workshops in classrooms and auditoriums for audiences of all ages. But nothing truly prepared me for being a classroom teacher.

Especially in this post-pandemic time many younger students have lost years of training in classroom behavior and expectations. Even though my resume is more based in university and high school teaching and band directing my new school gave me two classes of special needs 6th graders. I have no experience in either elementary school teaching or special needs teaching. I know my subject material like the back of my hand but I had no methodology or classroom management for elementary school or for special needs.

This book has been a lifesaver. There is also a follow-up called “The Classroom Management Book” also by Harry and Rosemary Wong (make sure you get the book they wrote and not a similar title written by someone else). The First Days of School gives the theory and some concrete examples but The Classroom Management Book gives these theories as concrete lessons you can implement one at a time. Together they are a Godsend for people like myself who need a higher level of classroom management and teaching strategies to address the needs and education of young students coming back to school after the pandemic.

Thank you Wong & Wong and to the other authors who contributed to this milestone manual of teaching! NOW we can communicate the content to our students. What a difference a set of structured routines and philosophies makes! Big difference in the outcomes academically and how everyone feels about being in an environment of higher learning.

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A Must Read for All Teachers

I don't know how I taught for five years before reading this book. This book is filled with actionable items to implement in the classroom today. If you are going into education, read this book. (P.S. listening at 1.25x speed helped me with the narrator.)

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Outdated and missing a ton

The hard copy of this book is phenomenal. This seven-year-old version should not exist, and certainly not at full price.
There is a newer version of the book, and it does not match the audio so it was like reading two different books instead of enhancing the paper copy like I expected. Had the audiobook noted it was the third edition, I would not have purchased.
The information is great, but it frequently directs the listener to a web site for supplemental material. However, that web site does not have a place for all this supplemental material.
This is extremely frustrating because the Wongs have done phenomenal work.
Amazon needs to take this book down or put a disclaimer up that this is the third edition (like they do with print editions) as this is misleading information.

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Just started

I just started this audiobook and will give another review later, however I just wanted to address that the narrator Patrick Lawlor is driving me crazy by the way he pronounces his R's. I just keep hearing "classwoom" management and it's distracting.

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Clear and encouraging

Our school system has encouraged many programs that fit into the structure explained here. But the "whys" are answered here and the listing approach in the presentation of tasks make it more manageable in application.

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classroom management

The book is detailed and easy to understand. i will definitely put what i learned from the book in practice.

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Great advice

So much to learn from this. I have to listen to it a few times to absorb. Good practical advice.

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3rd Year Special Education Teacher

Where was this the first two years of my career! So helpful. I cannot understate how many useful strategies this book provides. All new teachers should read this!

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The best book of It's kind!

A must read for all teachers. I highly recommend it! Will make me a better teacher!

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