About Harry and Rosemary Wong...
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 director.
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.
More than a half-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.
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, How To Improve Student Achievement, featuring Harry Wong 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 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
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
“Right after I heard you (Harry) speak at our workshop
in Tulsa, I produced an opening of school presentation.
I prepared my classroom management procedures and lessons using
PowerPoint and a projector.
“Now I am using the projector most every day and the
procedures are working every single minute. I thank you
Kazim was born, raised, and educated in Turkey. A graduate
of Bogazici University, he received his bachelor’s degree
in molecular biology and genetics.
Kazim could communicate in English, because the university’s
curriculum was taught in that language. He came to the United
States in April 2002, with a desire to become fluent in his verbal
Looking for a small city, Kazim found Tulsa to his liking.
He attended language classes at Tulsa University and graduated
first in his class.
While at Tulsa University, Kazim heard about an available position
as a science teacher at a charter school. He did not have
a teaching certificate at that time, but he applied anyway and
was accepted. Subsequently, he earned his teaching certificate
and now teaches at the Dove Science Academy (www.dsatulsa.org),
a charter school in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Kazim’s first three years were challenging.
As he says,
“I was trying everything to control the students.
Being a teacher was like being in a war to me. I felt students
were like the enemy and they were always trying to find my weak
points to defeat me.
“I acquired the characteristics of a warrior. Everyday
was like a battle for me and a couple of times I wanted to give
it all up.”
Kazim is now in his fourth year at Dove Science Academy. Before
he began this past August, he and his 800 fellow teachers attended
a presentation featuring Harry Wong.
“I came because I was trying to find some way to solve
my classroom management problems.
“Your presentation changed my teaching life. I had
never heard the word ‘procedures’ before, but it was
so obvious to me after I heard you speak.
“During the break, I purchased your book and stood in line
to have it autographed. You probably did not even notice
or remember me, but it does not matter.
“What matters is what I learned from you or ‘stole
from you.’ I learned how important the first days
of school were.
“Because school was starting in a few days the next week,
I did not have time to read every word in your book. However,
I got the idea. I got the inspiration. The rest was
Kazim worked on his classroom procedures and prepared a PowerPoint
presentation to teach his class the classroom procedures.
“The result is perfect. My students learned my
classroom procedures. Everything is running smoothly.
I don't have to give the same simple directions to my students
every single day. They know the procedures and follow
them. I still cannot believe the secret of classroom
management is that easy.
“Last week I confused my schedule. I thought I had
a lunch period. While I was enjoying my lunch and chatting
with teacher friends, the assistant principal came and told me
there were students in my room and doing their work. I ran
out of the lunch room and saw that although it had been almost
ten minutes since class began, there was no noise in the classroom
and everybody was doing what they were supposed to be doing.
The teacher in the next classroom did not even notice there was
no teacher in my classroom.
“I am writing this email and sending you my procedures
to simply say, ‘Thank You. You have made a huge difference
in my life.’”
After Kazim Cicek sent us his PowerPoint presentation, we asked
him to reflect on his classes this year so far. Here are some
of his reflections after three months:
“I had heard of you and your book, but I thought it
was another one of those classroom management books that were
full of theory, inapplicable words, and did not fit my personality.
But, your book is different. It is applicable. Everyone
can get something out of it to fit his or her personality.”
“I am still amazed that my classes are going very, very
“What was different this year was what I did the first
week. In the past, I used to try to tell my students each
day what I wanted them to do. But you know kids don't
like always being told what to do; nobody does. So, they
had a tendency not to do it most of time.”
“Now, all I need to do is make myself very clear at
the beginning as to what I want from my students.”
There is an even greater benefit at Dove Science Academy.
Because all the teachers attended the workshop, they all established
"Classroom Procedures" for their own classrooms.
At the end of the first week of the school, the students were
all tired of hearing the same concept of procedures again and
again. But at the end, Kazim laughingly says, “We
established a school culture and we are all enjoying it now.”
The principal of Dove Science Academy, Zekeriyn Yuksel, says,
“Mr. Cicek’s classes are well organized and learning
is at a maximum pace. We are very happy to have him as part
of our staff.
Our staff attended your presentation in August and as a result,
we have several school wide procedures. These procedures
help us to run a well-organized and warm school focused on student
Teaching has become rewarding to Kazim Cicek and he shares his
future with us:
“This is my fourth and school's fifth year, and we are
doing very well. We are getting better scores each year.
Last year we were even better than some of magnet schools in our
“At Dove Science Academy we had a lot of regional and state
awards. Because of these successes, my H1 visa has been
”I am very motivated to teach. Being a teacher has
always been a holy job to me. I love helping people.
I like kids. I enjoy it when I can teach something to someone.
So, being a teacher has always been on my mind.
”Feeling that I am being helpful to the students to build
a better future is making me happy. When I loose this feeling
I will retire. And so far it seems I will do this job until
The PowerPoint Presentation
Kazim says that he developed his classroom procedures within
48 hours after the workshop. More importantly, he says,
“The amazing thing is the change in my classroom by means
of a little work which I produced in only two days.
“I pinch myself and can't help asking myself this question,
‘Why didn't I do it before?’"
Kazim admits that his procedures need more work, and he is still
improving them. His PowerPoint presentation is a composition
in progress that he will continue to tweak and improve with each
new class and school year.
Kazim Cicek also learned something else at Harry Wong’s
presentation in Tulsa, that August morning—the word share.
Kazim is honored that this humble fourth year teacher has been
invited to share his procedures with literally the world via this
Share with others what you do in the classroom. Be giving
of your knowledge to make room for growth and change. It’s
the gift that defines the ultimate professional. And now,
Kazim Cicek invites you to “steal” from him, his classroom
procedures. To view his presentation click
here. Control the slides with buttons near the bottom
of your screen.
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