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1.0 out of 5 stars No help to anyone who really wants to learn about teaching, 21 April 2011
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This review is from: The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher (Paperback)
This book is a triumph of style over substance. There is little in this book that anyone with a passing understanding of schools could not work out for themselves. It is full of warmed over platitudes and does not get into any real depth about any of the subjects it purports to cover.

There is no real evidence for any of the things that the book states. Instead there are a large number of assertions which may be the views of Dr Wong but has little to do with real life teaching.

Where are the examples which would give anyone the understanding that the Wongs have actually been inside a classroom? Where is the guidance to achieve all these grandiose ambitions?, Instead for example, in this book there is a chapter on what records to keep:
1. Attendance - amazing!
2. Scores - totally reductive view of how to assess a child's progress - just looking at numbers
3. Totals - we are shown a picture of a sheet showing all the scores with a total at the end. Only PhD could work out how to do that!

Oh and don't forget this is written from a American perspective and does not apply to the British education system.
Summary: great for marketing and making money (for the Wongs). But as a serious guide to teaching it's useless.
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