The following are notes that I have been taking on a book by Harry Wong. The book is designed to help beginning teachers in the classroom. I felt I needed a refresher since I have been out of the classroom for over a year. I wish I had been given this book before I started teaching in 2010. Unfortunately, at that time I was hired too late to attend some of the training that the county I was working for gave to new teachers. I am determined not to make the same mistakes I made during my first year of teaching again.
1) Create a Power Point presentation for class rules and procedures. This will be shown on the first day of school.
2) Be proficient – continually acquire knowledge and skills.
3) Do not entertain – entertaining students is not teaching students.
4) Avoid busywork
5) Student learning must be my mission.
6) Student achievement must be my goal.
7) “School is a powerful place. People go to study, work, and produce – just like in an adult workplace. School is where people go to acquire knowledge, learn skills, and develop values that will make them productive citizens and help them grow to their fullest potential as human beings.
8) “A student learns only when the teacher has an appreciable impact on the student’s life.”
9) One must find out about the lives of one’s students in order to effectively run a classroom.
10) The Three Characteristics of an Effective Teacher:
- Has positive expectations for student success
- Is an extremely good classroom manager
- Knows how to design lessons for student mastery
11) Every one of us is both a student and a teacher.
12) We are at our best when we each teach ourselves what we need to learn.
13) The only factor that increases student achievement is the significance of an effective teacher.
14) High expectations should not be confused with high standards.
15) A teacher can transmit their expectations to the students. One’s expectations of a student will be transmitted to a student and thus will influence the student’s performance.
16) Well-Ordered Environment + Positive Academic Expectations = Effective Classroom
17) Procedures can act as a blueprint for how the classroom will be structured.
18) Lessons must be designed for student mastery of a subject.
19) Secret to teaching = Beg, Borrow, and Steal
20) “Through mutual support and sharing, we improve our profession.”
21) Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
22) “Education is not a product; it is a never-ending process.”
23) “The quality of the choices you make today will dictate the quality of your opportunities tomorrow.”
24) One must have a goal of striving for excellence.
25) “Successful teachers are innovated planners, exceptional classroom managers, adept critical thinkers, and competent problem solvers.”
26) “Successful people MAKE themselves do the things unsuccessful people will not do.”
27) “Effective teachers steal from the best and learn from the rest.”
28) “A true professional and effective teacher is a learner who learns along with the students.”
29) It is important to have student assignments ready the first second a student enters class.
30) Teachers, not programs, produce greater student achievement.
31) On Closing the Achievement Gap:
- Keep a laser focus on learning for all students.
- Maintain a “no excuses” attitude
- Use research and data to improve teacher practices
- Involve everyone in improvement processes
- Persist through difficulties and setbacks.
- Celebrate accomplishments
32) It can take up to three years to undo the damage done by an ineffective teacher.
33) Effective teachers will use research to improve their effectiveness.
34) Effective teachers do what research tells us is most effective.
35) Effective teachers use proven, research based practices.
36) Do not succumb to the latest fad, philosophy, or political agenda without doing research first!
37) Share research successes with other teachers.
38) The effective teacher who wants high-level comprehension intersperses questions throughout all class activities. This is what the research tells us.
39) Research on Improving Student Achievement:
- Students who are actively focused on educational goals do best in mastering subject matter.
- People in small, research groups can support and increase one another’s learning. (Scaffolding?)
- Extensive reading material of many kinds, both in school and outside, results in substantial growth in the vocabulary, comprehension abilities, and information base of students.
- Pausing after asking a question in the classroom results in an increase in achievement.
1) There is but one correlation with success, and that is ATTITUDE.
2) Humans have a success instinct. This makes humans different from other creatures.
3) Expectation = What you believe will or will not happen.
4) Be proud of your success and do not be afraid to show them off in your class. (Post diplomas, awards, and other materials.)
5) Give your students more than they expect and you will get back more than you ever expected.
6) Student success is only limited by adult expectations.
7) The effective teacher will:
- Have a statement of positive expectations ready for the first day of school.
- Create a classroom climate that communicates positive expectations.
- Conveys Positive expectations to all students.
- Has a personal attitude of high expectations.
8) The first day of school must be celebrated as a positive event in order to create a culture of positive expectations within a school or school system.
9) School is a concept wherein students are welcome to learn and enhance the quality of their lives without fear of intimidation or harm guided by hospitable and caring people in a clean and orderly environment.
10) It is not what is but what is perceived that counts.
11) You do not get a second chance to make a first impression.
12) Look professional and Act Professional.
13) Every time you act you validate who you are.
14) “The statement that you make influences how the students will behave and achieve in class. And how students behave and achieve in class will determine your success as a teacher.”
15) Dress for four main effects:
16) If you want to succeed in the world, you must think globally.
17) One must have the power to invite students and colleagues to learn together each day in every class.
18) The basis of being inviting is building relationships.
19) Invite parents to be partners in unleashing the potential of their children.
20) “The effective teacher is committed to seeing all people as able, valuable, responsible, and possessing untapped potential in all worthwhile areas of human endeavor.”
21) Make sure the classroom is inviting:
- Is the door clearly marked?
- Are welcome and information signs posted?
- Are signs written in jargon?
- Is the first assignment clear and understandable?
- Are there clues to show you care for young people?
22) “Students are influenced more by the depth of your conviction than the height of your intelligence.”
23) Address each student by name:
- When you address a student, use the student’s name.
- Pronounce the student’s name correctly or ask a student to pronounce his/her name for you.
24) Be courteous and respectful towards your students.