Harry and Rosemary Wong's Classroom Management Course Online (caution - has sound in it...)

Harry and Rosemary Wong's column on Effective Teaching

The Busy Educator site lists Harry Wong concepts and ideas

The Really Big List of Classroom Mgmt. Resources By Monmouth UniversityGraduate Students

Their Best List (from above)

Web English Teacher

Classroom Mgmt. Sites

 

Sam Graham’s 421 Sites

On Classroom Mgmt.

 

Dr. Peter McCarthy’s Sites

(Manhattan College)

 

 

 

 

Below are books I highly recommend. You can buy them new or used from Amazon.

Some advice: Check out the seller's feedback before you order a used book.

 

I sell books on Amazon, too, but I want to keep my copies of these!

 

 

MORE LINKS AND BOOK SUGGESTIONS ARE COMING LATER - so check back.

Do you know of any great teacher books or links to share?

Contact Me with great sites and books.

You can go to The Teacher Lesson Plan page here.

This website is continually under construction... so do check back again!

 

 

 

A LITTLE ABOUT CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT for new and experienced teachers:

Here's a secret that is not such a big secret.

Classroom management is the most important skill you will need as a teacher. A new teacher needs a lot of help with this his or her first year, as a matter of course. You can plan and plan, but until you have your first class, you will not have a lot of experience with classroom management first-hand.

Do you have a mentor? Does he or she spend hands-on time with you sometimes in your classes while you are teaching to show you how he or she handles classroom problems? If not, you will have a lot of extra work to do in order to survive your first year. You may feel unsupported.

Other teachers around you may all be too busy with their own classes to help you.

You may also have started your year without any lesson plans or instructional materials. You may not even have a textbook. Your class may be composed of students who are VERY unmotivated and unmanageable, even by expert teachers.

What can you do? Well, you can make everything from scratch, and try everything you can think of by yourself. This will be very difficult. You will be working many more hours after and before school, and every hour of each weekend with this plan.

You will also have to make photocopies of needed materials for the students, too - - every day! This is on top of other duties you may be assigned.

ANOTHER OPTION

You also can find a teacher in your school that will help you with lesson plans, advice, and even planning. Some schools will provide a mentor for you, but one mentor may not be enough. They may not teach the way you have been taught, or they might not even teach your subject. That's why finding somebody to help you in your department is such a good idea.

When you ask other teachers for help, you will hopefully find at least one person who will volunteer to help you. Maybe they remember how hard it was for them their first year.

Perhaps the two of you can come up with a partner-system for classes - sending hard-to-discipline students to each other during the same class period, for example.

WHAT SOME TEACHERS DO:

Some teachers who are almost on their own turn to the internet for planning and advice. Luckily there are some GREAT sites out there that a new teacher can use. For some new teachers, an online group or a website is just about all the classroom management help they will receive their first year, or first semester.

See the links at the top left on this page for some internet sites to help you with classroom management. Some sites even let you sign up for credit classes. I personally think that the Wongs are the very best classroom managers ever. Be sure to check out their books and their web page.

These sites may help to rescue you from some bad situations. After all, who can help a new teacher better than somebody who has already been in his or her shoes?

THINK POSITIVE!

A good attitude is so important. It can really help, when things seem impossible. A friend of mine swears by "acting as if" - - which just means acting as if you are happy, acting as if you are having a good day, etc. even when you are not. It can help buoy your mood, and your students' moods, too. And remember, it is not the end of the world if you make a mistake. That is something ALL new teachers do.

Thinking positive really helped me through some really difficult teaching days. And just knowing that other teachers are having the same problems can really help you get through it. Do you know another first-year teacher? Perhaps he or she can help as well, and would appreciate your input.

If you do not know other first-year or intern teachers, you might want to join an online group. You can always try joining this new Yahoo Group, The Teacher Tree, which has both new and experienced teachers in it.

Remember: most teachers do have a difficult first year. It DOES get easier.

SOME QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN INTERVIEWING FOR YOUR FIRST JOB:

1. Will I have any in-class support? Who will be my mentor?

2. Do I have a coursebook or instructional materials (such as standards-based daily lesson plans, etc.) available for me?

3. How long will my induction period be for? Will it be longer than one or two days? Will I be learning about the community as well? (Induction programs are relatively new - see the Harry Wong page for more information...)

4. Will I have all previous scores, other years' student information, and all applicable student files available to me? (i.e. student files, tests, and folders from previous years).

5. Will I be aware in advance of students with serious learning and behavior disabilities in order to properly teach and help them? Also, will I have support and assistance in dealing with serious student disabilities, if they are present?

6. Will I be able to pre-test my students in order to find out their current level of knowledge? Are grade and discipline-appropriate pre-tests available for me?*

If all your answers are "no," or even if some are unclear or vague to you, you may not want to accept the position. Period.

ANOTHER GOOD IDEA:

Ask other teachers (in private) how they like the school climate - and how they were supported during their first teaching year - and now. This may also give you valuable clues to help you with this very important decision.

IN THE FOREFRONT OF CHANGE:

Harry and Rosemary Wong believe that a supportive school system and a positive, worthy teacher induction program can make all the difference for new teachers. Does your school have a good induction system (for instance, at least a week long) and adequate support?

Again, I would advise that all new teachers make sure that the school offering the job has a really good induction program before they accept that first job. Better to wait a bit for before working, than to jeopardize your entire career by working in a school that does not give adequate support to new, intern teachers.

Find out what to look for by visiting Harry Wong's website here.

Mr. and Mrs. Wong have many other top-notch articles about teacher induction, learning, and support for new teachers on their websites.

Their book, "The First Days of School" (see box at top left) is fast becoming the book of choice for new teachers who want to learn about Classroom Management. Their ideas make sense for any teacher - from elementary to secondary.

*re: pretests: there is a GREAT pretesting site online I found last year that I will be listing here as soon as I find it. For now, know that there are resources available online to help you with pretesting. You can also look up your State standards and come up with your own basic pretest (hopefully in the summertime when you have time.)

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS:

NATIONAL TEACHER LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAMS:

There are several National teacher programs that all teachers-to-be should know about. One is the special Perkins Teacher Loan program. They may or may not tell you about this when you go to the Admissions Office at your local school. If you select a Perkins loan, you may be able to have part or all of their student loan forgiven, simply by teaching at a low-income, high-need school. Other programs are also available!

Check this AFT Teacher Site Page for more information.

Cancellation and Deferment Options Page

You can also check the FinAid page for more interesting sites.

HIGH NEED SCHOOLS LIST

Each state maintains their own high-needs school list.

Go to your state's official Education site by clicking on the map on this page on the ed.gov site:

The State Contacts Page

The Teacher-to-Teacher Initiative (national)

Come back for other links (to come).

Back to the For Teachers Page/Announcements

 
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