This book has become a traditional gift for the new teacher. It is an excellent source of information for anyone entering this completely overwhelming but rewarding line of work. It contains everything from ideas for setting rules to handling the diverse personalities of all student. A great reference for new teachers.
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I ordered this book because I heard there was not much difference between the old editions and the latest edition. I liked how it gave concrete examples, and gave me ideas on how to start the first weeks of school--something my teacher college program never covered. On the down side, some of these techniques are out-dated and didn't really help me with my classroom management in dealing with poverty-stricken and out-of-control inner city kids.
#1 Educational Bestseller. Newly Updated Second Edition. If you had to buy only one book in education to help you become a successful teacher- If you are having trouble with your students and are not getting the results you want-If you are a staff developer or an administrator and you want to help your teachers be the best they can be - If youare a college professor and you want to help your preservice teachers be the best that they can be - The First Days of School is the book you want.
This is a very helpful book on classroom management for aspiring teachers and even those who already teach in the elementary school setting. It's written in common, everyday language that anyone can understand. If you're looking for solutions to classroom management problems or you need some new tips or ideas, this is the perfect book!
If you are a new teacher or returning to the profession, you need this book! It helped me plan for my last 5 years of teaching. I now feel like I can pass it along to some other new teacher!
This book is geared primarily toward new teachers in elementary school. I'm a veteran teacher in high school, but I still found a few interesting and useful ideas. The presentation is a bit too "busy" for me, but I definitely recommend it for the intended audience.