About Harry and Rosemary
Harry and Rosemary Wong are
teachers. Harry is a native of San Francisco and taught middle school
and high school science. Rosemary is a native of New Orleans and taught
K-8, including working as the school media coordinator and student activity
Harry Wong has been awarded the Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award,
the Science Teacher Achievement Recognition Award, the Outstanding
Biology Teacher Award, and the Valley Forge Teacher's Medal. Rosemary
was chosen as one of California's first mentor teachers and has been
awarded the Silicon Valley Distinguished Woman of the Year Award.
Harry Wong is the most sought after speaker in education today.
He has been called "Mr. Practicality" for his common sense, user-friendly,
no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success.
Nearly a million teachers worldwide have heard his message. Because
he is fully booked for two years, he has agreed to and has invited
his wife to join him in doing a monthly column for Teachers.Net so
that more people can hear their message.
About Their Work...
Harry and Rosemary Wong are committed to bringing quality
and dignity to the materials they produce. For this, they have formed
their own publishing company, of which Rosemary is the CEO. They have
dedicated their lives to leaving a legacy in education and making
a difference in the lives of teachers and students.
contribution to helping teachers succeed is an e-learning course on
The course can be taken in private and on demand.
The end result is a 1- to 2-inch binder with the teacher’s
Classroom Management Action Plan.
Action Plan is similar to the organized and structured plan used by
all successful teachers. This classroom management course can
be seen at www.ClassroomManagement.com.
The Wongs have written The First Days of School,
the best-selling book ever in education. Over 2.4 million copies have
A third edition of The First Days of School
has been released and includes an added bonus, an Enhanced CD featuring
Harry Wong. The Enhanced CD, Never Cease to Learn,
is dedicated to those teachers who know that the more they learn,
the more effective they become.
The Wongs have also produced the video series The Effective
Teacher, winner of the Telly Award for the best educational
video of the past twenty years and awarded the 1st place Gold Award
in the International Film and Video Festival.
They have released a new set of CDs with Harry Wong LIVE, speaking
on How To Improve Student Achievement, as he speaks
at one of his many presentations. He is the most sought after speaker
in education and his presentations are legendary.
When the book, video series,
and CD, and e-learning course are used together, they form the most
effective staff training tool for developing effective teachers. Staff
developers and administrators who would like to know how to implement
the aforementioned book, video series, and CD are encouraged to consult
the book, New Teacher Induction: How to Train, Support,
and Retain New Teachers. Information about these products
can be found by visiting the publisher's website at www.EffectiveTeaching.com
Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators,
Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education
by Peter M. Senge (Editor), Nelda H. Cambron McCabe, Timothy Lucas,
Art Kleiner, Janis Dutton, Bryan Smith
We featured Jeff Smith, a welding
teacher in a voc-tech high school in Oklahoma in our May 2004
column, “His Students are All Certified.” (http://teachers.net/wong/MAY04/)
This year, on May 10, 2005, all 14 of Jeff Smith’s students
passed their state test again to be certified welders. This
means that in the past six years out of the six years he has been
teaching, Jeff Smith has successfully taught 100% of his class
to pass their State Code Section 9, which makes his grand total
for six years 110 certified welders. He leaves no one behind!
Bear in mind that how to teach welding is not in The
First Days of School.
So, why is Jeff Smith so successful? Successful
teachers can identify ideas and techniques that work, from no
matter the source, and can adapt them for use in their own classrooms.
What Jeff does is what all effective teachers do, adapt and implement.
Yet it’s a continuing saga with some high school teachers.
Their favorite phrase is, “Oh, it looks so elementary school.”
No elementary school teacher ever looks at the work of Chelonnda
and Ed Lucero (http://teachers.net/wong/MAR05/)
and says, “Oh it looks so high school.”
Harry Wong is a former high school science teacher and he can
tell you that much of what he has learned in how to manage a classroom,
deliver instruction, motivate students, and caring for and loving
kids he learned from watching elementary teachers, especially
primary teachers and the saints of education, the special education
Many of the principles Jeff Smith uses to guide his teaching
are adaptable to any given learning situation, just as he adapted
the ideas from The First Days of School.
If you have time this summer, browse through our four
years of columns and you will note that the successful teachers
we feature transcend their grade level or academic area.
Four Year Summary of Articles
A summary of four years of articles for
can be found this month.
It has been most pleasurable to share the attitudes,
strategies, and techniques of successful teachers and administrators
these past four years. In the process, we have
probably learned more than anyone else. We meet people,
or people send us letters and tell us what they are doing, and
with each letter we learn more and more and develop a greater
respect for the creativity and competence of teachers. So,
if you are wondering how we can write these columns month after
month, it’s very simple. Just keep those letters
and emails coming.
As we look over the four years of articles, there are
two recurrent themes:
Effective teachers can implement. Effective
teachers have the ability to look at someone else’s work,
regardless of the grade level or subject matter, or even if
it’s from someone who may not even be in education, and
are able to “steal it,” change it to fit, and use
it in their classroom. Effective teachers don’t
need articles specific to their grade level or subject.
Effective teachers are proactive. Effective
teachers have learned how to prevent problems, rather than react
to problems. We often get letters from teachers who want
to know what to do to a specific student. They want specific
punishments or consequences. We answer, “you don’t
‘do something’ to someone.” Rather,
you proactively have a classroom management plan that prevents
problems from occurring.
Summary of Effective Teaching Articles
JUNE 2000--Your First Day
Key Idea: First Day of School Script. Start school
with a first day of school script. One teacher began his
year with fun activities and spent the rest of the school year
chasing after his classes. His first day lacked structure,
which led to his students structuring the class for him. Elementary
school teacher, Melissa Pantoja, began the first day of school
with a script, which led to a successful beginning. Her
script is provided for you to use and adapt to your classroom.
JULY 2000—Applying for your First Job (http://teachers.net/wong/JUL00)
Key Idea: Mentoring is Not Induction. Know the
difference between mentoring and new teacher induction. Statistics
say that teachers entering the profession right now will not be
teaching in three to five years; in fact, many will not even last
a year. To combat the high turnover rate of teachers, many
schools and districts are turning to new teacher induction (not
mentoring) programs to prepare teachers for success in the classroom.
Examples of successful induction programs are provided.
Review them and learn what to look for in your next school.
AUGUST 2000—There is Only One First Day of School
Key Idea: Seven Things Students Want to Know. What
you do the first day of school will determine your success for
the rest of the school year. Discover the seven things all
students want to know on their first day of school, and why a
successful year starts on the first day of school. You would
not expect a truck driver to haul an expensive load without first
making sure he knew how to drive the truck. Neither can
you expect students to succeed if they do not know the routines
and procedures of your class. The seven things all students
want to know are provided so that you can use them to prepare
for your first day of school.
SEPTEMBER 2000—The Problem is not Discipline (http://teachers.net/wong/SEP00)
Key Idea: Manage, not Discipline Your Classes. Learn
how to manage, rather than disciplining your classroom. The
former will enhance student learning, and the latter will wear
you down. Rather than discipline your classes, manage them.
Learn which procedures every class needs to have down before
students can start learning. Create or hone your procedures
so that this school year will be your best school year ever! Suggested
procedures are outlined in the article. Copy and use them
in your own classroom.
OCTOBER 2000—How to Start a Class Effectively (http://teachers.net/wong/OCT00)
Key Idea: Effective Start-up Techniques for Prime Time.
Start your class with an organized routine that includes bellwork
and other effective start-up techniques. The first few minutes
of every class are prime time, so what you do in those first few
minutes determines how on task your students will be. Read
about teachers and schools who have experienced success because
of effective prime-time practices. Use the prime-time examples
as a guide to create your own effective prime-time practices.
NOVEMBER 2000—The First Five Minutes are Critical
Key Idea: The First Five Minutes Are the Most Important.
Make the first five minutes of your class count. Like the
first chapter of a good novel, the beginning of class must capture
students’ attention. Have your students working the
minute they walk into class and you will have their attention.
Once you have achieved this, it is easy to keep them on
task. Use the examples in this article to create your own
bellwork and warm-up activities.
DECEMBER 2000—It’s Not the Students, It’s
the Teacher (http://teachers.net/wong/DEC00)
Key Idea: Effective Teachers Show, not Tell. When
teachers tell us their discipline problems, we refer them to this
article. Ineffective teachers want to “do things”
to students, whereas effective teachers know how to teach procedures.
Rather than telling students what to do, show them how to
do it. Effective teachers, like effective parents, show
students what to do instead of telling and yelling. Even
a student from a negative home environment will respond positively
if teachers follow the steps shared for teaching procedures.
JANUARY 2001—The Miracle of Teachers (http://teachers.net/wong/JAN01)
Key Idea: Thanks, Praise, and Encouragement for the Miracle of
Teachers. Learn what teachers have been doing right,
and how they have improved the American condition exponentially
in a few short years. Teachers are the most amazing professionals
in the world today, and you deserve to be thanked and to know
that their accomplishments are shaping the nation for continued
success. Take heart and encouragement from the stories of
hope in this article. You, the teacher, are a miracle.
FEBRUARY 2001—A Journey of the Heart (http://teachers.net/wong/FEB01)
Key Idea: The Impact of Teachers on Students’ Lives.
This column is about the journey teachers make into the
hearts of their students. What you do everyday, whether
someone tells you or not, touches the lives of your students in
immeasurable ways. Teachers change lives, and the proof
is in every student who has gone on to succeed. If you just
touch even one life as a teacher, you are a success. Learn
to invite students to learn by following the steps in this article.
MARCH 2001—What Successful New Teachers Are Taught
Key Idea: Induction Prepares Teachers for Success. Learn
how induction programs teach new teachers how to become successful
teachers. Start your new career right, in a district that
values its teachers and provides a comprehensive and ongoing induction
program for all teachers new to the district. Know the difference
between mentoring programs and induction programs, and choose
to teach in a district that has a solid, comprehensive program
to help you develop in your chosen career.
APRIL 2001—How to Recognize Where You Want to Be
Key Idea: The Ten Questions to Ask at Your Interview.
Know the ten questions you should ask at your interview
to ensure you choose the school and district that are right for
you. After reading this article, you will be able to recognize
the district you want to teach in and maximize your potential.
Your career depends on the decision you make. Copy
the ten questions you should ask and use them in your next interview.
MAY 2001—How to Motivate Your Students (http://teachers.net/wong/MAY01)
Key Idea: Motivational Activities to Capture Students’ Attention.
Motivate and entice students with discrepant events.
Then, learn how and why to continue the lesson with group collaboration.
Students will remain motivated to do whatever they are instructed
to do. Ideas for discrepant events in different subjects
are provided in this article. Use them to capture the class’
attention and imagination.
SEPTEMBER 2001—How a Good University Can Help You
Key Idea: The Value of a Good University. A good
university will teach you how to be an effective teacher. Sarah
Jones’ experiences at Western Kentucky University enabled
her to begin her teaching career with the proficiency of a veteran
teacher. Her success is due to diligent instruction in everything
from lesson planning to effective classroom management practices.
Before she ever set foot in a classroom, she already had
a comprehensive list of classroom procedures to develop responsible
students. Copy and adapt Sarah Jones’ action plan
to meet the needs of your teaching environment.
NOVEMBER 2001—The Effective Teacher Thinks (http://teachers.net/wong/NOV01)
Key Idea: Effective Teachers Can Implement What Other Effective
Teachers are Doing. Become an effective teacher
by thinking about what you learn, or observe other teachers doing,
and adapting it to meet your unique classroom management needs.
Steve Geiman, a Physical Education teacher in Virginia, thought
about what Harry said at a conference and the wheels began to
spin. The result is an effective and efficient model of
classroom management that has transformed his PE class. Steve's
procedures are outlined in this article. Copy, adapt, and
implement the procedures in your class.
DECEMBER 2001—Van Gogh in Nine Hours (http://teachers.net/wong/DEC01)
Key Idea: Effective Classroom Management Works in Every Situation.
This column illustrates effective classroom management procedures
in two very different environments, the library and an elementary
art classroom. Learn from the success of Betty Hamer and
Jeanne Bayless, as they guide their students to success with routines
and procedures that cut down on the confusion, mistakes, and messes—
and allow students to get down to the business of learning. Both
teachers’ classroom management procedures are featured in
the article for your needs.
JANUARY 2002—A Most Effective School (http://teachers.net/wong/JAN02)
Key Idea: Safe and Productive School Culture Leads to An Effective
School. Transform your school into an effective
school, by creating a school culture that promotes a safe and
productive learning environment starting on day one. Goldfarb
Elementary in Las Vegas, Nevada, has just such a culture. They
developed and maintained a consistent school-wide set of procedures
that have become the foundation for the school’s culture.
Create school-wide procedures using Goldfarb’s procedures
as a guide, and watch your school blossom into an effective learning
FEBRUARY 2002—A Stress-Free Teacher (http://teachers.net/wong/FEB02)
Key Idea: Become a Stress-Free Teacher. Reduce
your work-related stress by enforcing consistent procedures and
routines for all classroom activity and interactions. Liz
Breaux’s structured approach to classroom management has
guided students to success, and has made her classroom virtually
problem-free. Apply her secrets to stress-free teaching,
and begin your own path to a teaching career free from anxiety.
MARCH 2002—Impossible, No Job Openings? (http://teachers.net/wong/MAR02)
Key Idea: Teacher Induction Means Teacher Retention.
Learn how to retain your new teachers with a structured new teacher
induction program that guides them through classroom management,
instructional strategies, and more. By teaching them the
things they need to know before they step foot in a classroom,
you will be setting them up for a successful career. See
the procedures that Medford’s new teachers have created,
and get inspiration for your own list of procedures.
APRIL 2002—Even Superintendents Do It (http://teachers.net/wong/APR02)
Key Idea: Good Leaders Are Models of Success. We
have shared how teachers and principals create and maintain effective
schools. In this article we show you that superintendents
do it, too. Sunnybrook School District #171, under the guidance
of Dr. Joseph Majchrowicz, has developed an effective district-wide
culture based on core values agreed upon by all the member of
the learning community. The district-wide set of procedures
established by Sunnybrook’s learning community, as well
as their four core values, are showcased in this column. Review
this article to select elements of effective teaching to implement
in your school or classroom.
MAY 2002--$50,000 to Replace Each Teacher (http://teachers.net/wong/MAY02)
Key Idea: New Teacher Induction Programs. This
article highlights effective new teacher induction programs and
shares evidence to support the implementation of induction. The
costs of having an effective new teacher induction program are
small in comparison to the cost of losing newly hired teachers.
Use the information in this article to guide you as you
build an effective induction program for your new teachers, or
use the information within this article to guide your quest for
the perfect school or district in which to begin, or continue,
your teaching career.
JUNE - JULY 2002—Teaching Procedures is Teaching
Key Idea: Procedures Start on Day One. Teach your
students procedures starting on day one. Establishing procedures
beginning with the first day of school will set you up for a smooth
school year. Don’t believe us? Read this month’s
column, and learn how teaching procedures teaches your student
what you expect. Use the first day of school script contained
within the article to develop or hone your own first day of school
AUGUST 2002—How to Start School Successfully (http://teachers.net/wong/AUG02)
Key Idea: First Day of School Action Plan. Start
your first day of school with an action plan. Sarah Jones
began planning her action plan, procedures, and activities long
before she ever set foot in a classroom, and it paid off. Use
the sample Action Plan to guide you in creating your own First
Day of School Action Plan, and the Academic Expectations templates
to guide you in creating your statement of academic expectations.
SEPTEMBER 2002—Dispensing Materials in Fifteen
Key Idea: Effective Procedures Make Activities Effortless.
Using procedures will make any classroom activity go off without
a hitch, and will guarantee that all your supplies are accounted
for at the end of the activity. Imagine a school year in
which no supplies are lost and activities flow without a single
discipline problem. Use the time-tested methods for dispensing
and collecting materials contained in this article and never again
lose another ruler!
OCTOBER 2002—Effective Practices Apply to All Teachers
Key Idea: Effective Practices Work in All Classes. Effective
classroom practices apply to all teachers, even foreign language
teachers. Effective teachers can adapt the techniques in
The First Days of School to any classroom environment,
and any subject matter, even high school Spanish! Review
examples of foreign language teachers’ procedures, from
what to do before class starts to procedures for traveling teachers.
Reflect on what you have learned and then adapt your favorite
procedures to implement in your own classroom.
NOVEMBER 2002—A Class Size of 500 (http://teachers.net/wong/NOV02)
Key Idea: How to Manage Your Non-Traditional Classroom.
Imagine standing in front of 500 teenagers, raising a hand,
and having the entire class of 500 become quiet in a matter of
seconds. It is possible. These results are just a
matter of establishing procedures and practicing them with the
students until they become routine. This article examines
the success of teachers in non-traditional classrooms, and illustrates
how even the largest class can be a well-oiled learning machine.
DECEMBER 2002—No Problem With Hurricane Lili (http://teachers.net/wong/DEC02)
Key Idea: Students Remember Effective Procedures. School-wide
procedures can make school flow smoothly even after a devastating
act of nature has shaken the community. Imagine a hurricane
tearing through your community and school, and leaving in its
wake devastation and despair. Now imagine the students returning
to school, shaken but finding a classroom ready for learning.
This is not a fluke; it is a result of consistent and practiced
FEBRUARY 2003—How to Retain New Teachers (http://teachers.net/wong/FEB03)
Key Idea: Teacher Induction is A Multi-Year Commitment.
Retain new teachers by implementing a new teacher induction program.
Induction is a multi-year investment in your new teachers’
career, and in your school/district’s ability to retain
top talent. Induction is a process that includes a variety
of career building activities, from courses in classroom management
practices to how to integrate effective strategies within a lesson
plan. Learn the components of a successful induction program,
and read examples of three commendable induction programs.
Model your approach after these fine examples and watch as your
retention rates rise to unprecedented levels.
MARCH 2003—First Day of School Script (http://teachers.net/wong/MAR03)
Key Idea: First Day of School Scripts Work. This
column provides further proof that first day scripts put teachers
on the road to success. This article shares Melissa Pantoja’s
Daily Class Routine for the Substitute and John Schmidt’s
First Day Script, Procedures, and Class policies. Utilize
these exceptional works to guide your creation of a First Day
Script and lists of your own procedures that will guide your class
to success from day one.
APRIL 2003—The Effective Substitute Teacher (http://teachers.net/wong/APR03/)
Key Idea: Effective Substitutes Employ Effective Practices.
Prepare in advance for your next substitute teaching adventure.
Learn how to create a Sub Pack and what materials it should include.
Print a copy of the Professional Substitute Teachers’
Checklist and use it to organize your daily routine and prepare
for your next subbing job. Peruse the many helpful substitute
teacher links and gather as many additional hints that you can
glean from these valuable resources.
MAY 2003-Applying for A Teaching Job in A Tight Market,
Part 1 (http://teachers.net/wong/MAY03)
Key Idea: Actions that Guarantee Interview Success. This
article teaches the actions that guarantee a successful interview.
There are two critical questions you should ask at your interview.
In this article, we discuss the first question, “Does your
district have a new teacher induction program?” Review
the hints contained in this article as you prepare for your teaching
interview and get ready to ‘wow’ the interviewer.
JUNE - JULY 2003—Applying for A Teaching Job in
A Tight Market, Part 2 (http://teachers.net/wong/JUN03)
Key Idea: The Value of Curriculum and Standards Guides.
This article answers the second question all teachers should ask
when they interview for a position, “Does the district have
a curriculum guide that is aligned to state standards?”
Understanding the state standards and implementing them in a classroom
is hard enough, but to do so without a curriculum guide is suicide.
Be sure that the school you choose has a set curriculum
for each grade, and that it aligns with the state standards. As
a bonus, included are end-of-the-year procedures. Use them
to guide you toward a stress-free summer vacation and new school
AUGUST 2003—How to Start A Lesson Plan (http://teachers.net/wong/AUG03)
Key Idea: Creating Effective Lesson Plans. Discover
how to begin lesson planning when there is no curriculum guide
to steer you. Many districts do not have curriculum guides,
and most teachers do not leave behind collections of curriculum
and activities to assist a beginning teacher. Follow the
Steps to Creating an Effective Assignment and begin your lesson
planning with confidence.
FEBRUARY 2004—The Effective Teacher Adapts (http://teachers.net/wong/FEB04/)
Key Idea: Getting Out of Survival Mode. This article
explores the realities of survival mode, and explains how to move
beyond survival to mastery. If you are in survival mode,
you must read this article. It contains wisdom that will
help you to become the teacher you always dreamed you would be.
The article also contains an innovative adaptation of the
Tote Tray System. We invite you to explore and adapt this
method for use in your own classroom.
MARCH 2004—A Well-Oiled Learning Machine (http://teachers.net/wong/MAR04/)
Key Idea: Classroom Management in the Diverse Classroom.
This article features the classroom management plan of Nathan
Gibbs, which has turned his class into a well-oiled machine.
Consistent classroom management will even make the most behaviorally
challenged child take note and perform his best. Adapt the
procedures you find in this article to meet the needs of your
APRIL 2004—What to Do When They Complain (http://teachers.net/wong/APR04/)
Key Idea: Respond to Complaints the Right Way. This
article highlights the proper response to complaints and presents
further examples of Nathan Gibbs’ procedures that you can
modify for use in your classroom. In every group there will
be at least one person who complains; this includes any given
group of students. This article gives insight into how to
deal with those complaints without becoming upset, and how to
promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills at the same
time! Try the complaint procedure, and see how it changes
the dynamics in your classroom.
MAY 2004—His Students are All Certified
Key Idea: Effective Classroom Management is Universal.
This article demonstrates that effective classroom management
procedures are universal and can be used to create a successful
learning environment from Pre-K to Technical College and beyond.
It reveals the career changing management and teaching strategies
of Jeff Smith. Jeff shared his Goals and Procedures with
us, so that you could take from them ideas to build your own class
goals and procedures. Please use his examples and modify
them to suit your particular classroom needs.
AUGUST 2004—How to Help Students With Their Assignments(http://teachers.net/wong/AUG04/) Key Idea: Provide Students With an Agenda.
After teaching for over ten years, Carol Brooks, a middle school
teacher in South Carolina, came up with a solution to the problem
of student organization. In time, her classes of underachieving
students were doing so well that the parents, who didn’t
even know what she was doing, were asking for what their neighbors
were “screaming” for, “Get my kid into that
notebook class!” The key is a one-page agenda.
SEPTEMBER 2004—How Procedures Saved a Teacher’s
Life (http://teachers.net/wong/SEP04/) Key Idea: Be Prepared for an Emergency.
Heather Chambers, who teaches kindergarten in Denton, Texas, had
a diabetic seizure and collapsed in class. Because of her
health condition, Chambers developed a very simple, but highly
effective procedure for her class in case she had a seizure.
In deed, she had a seizure and because her class knew the procedure
of what to do, they saved her life.
OCTOBER 2004—The Saints of Education
(http://teachers.net/wong/OCT04/) Key Idea: The Need for Structure. The demands
on the teachers of special education students are enormous.
The work is emotionally and physically draining. The stress
is considerable. The magnitude of the workload is colossal.
Yet, there are some who do well and are truly the “saints
of education. Typical of these teachers is Robin Zarzour
who works with children with a variety of disabilities—Autism,
speech and language delays, ADHD, severe behavior, and with physical
and developmental handicaps.
NOVEMBER 2004—PowerPoint Procedures
Key Idea: Present Procedures in PowerPoint. Some
teachers duplicate pages and distribute them to students.
Some teachers make charts and attach them to the walls.
Some teachers make overlays and display them with a projector.
And Kazim Cicek in Tulsa, Oklahoma, communicates his classroom
management procedures to his classes with a PowerPoint presentation.
JANAURY 2005—The First Ten Days of School (http://teachers.net/wong/JAN05/)
Key Idea: It’s All in How You Begin. Jane
Slovenske’s success with her students begins on the very
first day of school. She spends the first ten days of school
teaching and reinforcing those behaviors and standards her students
will need to succeed in her classroom. In addition to the
academic instruction, these are the procedures Jane Slovenske
teaches on the first ten days of school.
FEBRUARY 2005—The Power of Procedures (http://teachers.net/wong/FEB05/)
Key Idea: The First Day Comes. The first day of
school finally came. Her lesson plans were ready.
The desks were in order. The PowerPoint was ready to go.
Chelonnda Seroyer, a first year teacher, had not even entered
the classroom yet. The first minute of her first year as
a new teacher had not begun. Standing at the door dressed
in a suit, she was greeting her students when she had this eerie
feeling. She turned to look in her classroom and the students
had already started working on the assignment. Yes!
She was now confident that this was going to be a good day.
It turned out to be a great year.
March 2005—His Classroom is a Real Life Office
Key Idea: Don’t Leave the Profession. Ed Lucero
was miserable! He thought about leaving the teaching profession.
He decided to give it one more try, but knew he had to make some
radical changes. He restructured his classes to be more business
like. This corresponded with the classes that he was teaching—Business,
Marketing, and Finance.
It worked and he loves teaching again.
April 2005—Never Cease to Learn
Key Idea: Effective Teachers Go to Conventions to Learn.
Never, never cease to learn. Go to at least one conference
a year. Conferences are very easy to understand. This
column explains how conferences are structured. Go and listen
to the professional attitude of successful teachers. They
are all participating, contributing, and doing. Everyone
is doing and not complaining. It is heart-warming and contagious.
You go back to school fully charged with a positive attitude and
proud that you are a teacher.
May 2005—Improving Student Achievement is Simple,
Part 1 (http://teachers.net/wong/MAY05/)
Key Idea: It’s the Teacher. It’s the
teacher – what the teacher knows and what the teacher does
in the classroom -- that results in student learning. Improving
student achievement is very simple. It’s the teacher
and how the teacher instructs. When teacher instruction
is effective, you will see improved student learning. In
fact, the most effective teachers produce as much as six times
the learning gains as the least effective teachers.
June 2005—Improving Student Achievement is Simple,
Part 2 (http://teachers.net/wong/JUN05/)
Key Idea: It’s Still the Teacher. Since it
is the teacher who holds the key to student achievement, a district
must have an induction program that immediately focuses the new
teacher on a district’s mandate and goal of student learning.
Then, the induction program is to flow seamlessly into a lifelong
professional development program. The process of lifelong
professional development must become a priority—for the
sake our students. They deserve no less than the very best.
Please Share With Us
If you have stories of your success, please share them
with us. We are in the sharing business.
We thank the people who have the skill to take the ideas other
teachers share, modify and use them, and then, in turn, share
their own techniques with the profession.
As you enjoy your summer, please read our past columns and know
There is something inherently special about our profession
that allows us to close out a previous academic year and plan
for a new beginning—a sort of annual renewal, if you will.
Best wishes for a pleasant summer!
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