The First Days of School
The First Days of School
Over 3.9 million copies have been sold of the preeminent book on classroom management and teaching for lesson achievement. This “bible” for all teachers helps you to practice the three characteristics of an effective teacher. Includes a DVD, “Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL” featuring Chelonnda Seroyer.
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The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through the most effective ways to begin a school year and continue to become an effective teacher. It is the most basic book on how to teach. Every teacher and administrator needs to have a copy.
The book is used in thousands of school districts, in over 120 countries, and in over 2,114 college classrooms, and has been translated into 7 languages. It's practical, yet inspiring. But most important, it works!
The 4th edition includes updated research, photos, more illustrations of "how-to" along with specific examples, and an implementation DVD, "Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL" featuring Chelonnda Seroyer. Voted Teacher-of-the-Year, Chelonnda used this book to transform her classroom into a place of organized learning. Her message details her professional growth and discovery. You’ll laugh, cry, and be proud that you’re a fellow classroom teacher. Online access to this DVD is available for purchase by clicking here.
This is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success. It is filled with the essential information for transforming every teacher into a very effective teacher.
- 352-page book with Index
- 53 "Going Beyond" folders of resources
- 60-minute DVD, "Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL"
- ISBN: 978-0-9764233-1-7, 4th edition
Table of Contents
The First Days of School
About the DVD, “Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL”
About the Authors
Unit A Basic Understandings __The Teacher
The successful teacher must know and practice the three characteristics of an effective teacher.
1. Why You Need to Succeed on the First Days of School
2. What Is an Effective Teacher?
3. How You Can Be a Happy First-Year Teacher
4. How to Close the Student Achievement Gap
5. Why You Should Use Proven, Research-Based Practices
Unit B First Characteristic __Positive Expectations
The effective teacher has positive expectations for student success.
6. Why Positive Expectations Are Important
7. How to Help All Students Succeed
8. How to Dress for Success
9. How to Invite Students to Learn
10. How to Increase Positive Student Behavior
Unit C Second Characteristic __Classroom Management
The effective teacher is an extremely good classroom manager.
11. How to Have a Well-Managed Classroom
12. How to Have Your Classroom Ready
13. How to Introduce Yourself to Your Class
14. How to Arrange and Assign Seating
15. How to Start a Class Effectively
16. When and How to Take Roll
17. How to Maintain an Effective Grade Record System
18. How to Have an Effective Discipline Plan
19. How to Teach Students to Follow Classroom Procedures
20. How Procedures Improve the Opportunity to Learn
Unit D Third Characteristic __Lesson Mastery
The successful teacher knows how to design lessons to help students achieve.
21. How to Create an Effective Assignment
22. How to Test for Student Learning
23. How to Assess for Student Learning
24. How to Enhance Student Learning
Unit E Future Understandings __The Professional
The teacher who constantly learns and grows becomes a professional educator.
25. How to Be a Teacher-Leader
Epilogue How to Develop a Culture of Effective Teachers
Back of Book “Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL”
The DVD features Chelonnda Seroyer as she walks you through how she implements The First Days of School in her classroom.
Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL
Going Beyond "GoBe" Folders
These folders offer additional information, research, and activities that supplement The First Days of School. The GoBe content transcends all grade levels and all subject areas. Click each folder to access that chapter’s GoBe content.
A complete listing of every GoBe is in the folder for Chapter 1.
Unit A Basic Understandings _The Teacher1 Chapter 13 Chapter 34 Chapter 4
Unit B First Characteristic _Positive Expectations6 Chapter 6
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 38 - She Was the Turning Point in My Life
7 Chapter 7
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 48 - First Day of School Celebrations
Unit C Second Characteristic _Classroom Management11 Chapter 11
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 83 - The Edible Schoolyard
12 Chapter 12
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 94 - Students Who Face the Board Learn More
13 Chapter 13
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 110 - First Day of School Scripts
14 Chapter 14
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 120 - Assorted Seating Configurations
15 Chapter 15
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 129 - The Workers Start the Day
17 Chapter 17
This chapter has one GoBe. Click the link to access it.Page 137 - The Fallacy of Textbooks
18 Chapter 1819 Chapter 19
This chapter has three GoBes. Click the link of the item you wish to access.Page 178 - I Did Not Start on the First Day of School
Page 191 - Procedures at Home
Page 192 - You're Worth It
Unit D Third Characteristic _Lesson Mastery21 Chapter 21
This chapter has three GoBes. Click the link of the item you wish to access.Page 228 - You Teach the Students, Not the Textbook
Page 231 - The Emergency Teacher
Page 235 - Bloom's Taxonomy Revision
22 Chapter 22
This chapter has three GoBes. Click the link of the item you wish to access.Page 254 - I'm Still Not Sure
Page 256 - Your Students Can Outperform 98 Percent of the Regular Students
Page 262 - Lesson Plan Links
23 Chapter 23
Unit E Future Understandings _The Professional25 Chapter 25E Epilogue
This chapter has seven GoBes. Click the link of the item you wish to access.Page 325 - It's a Happy Place
Page 327 - Use Coaches, Not Mentors
Page 328 - A Most Effective School
Page 330 - It Turned Our School Around
Page 333 - The Hopewell Model
Page 335 - 40 Million Strong
Page 336 - Comprehensive Induction
Bring The First Days of School to life. This 92-page guide was created for staff developers, trainers, administrators, coaches, college professors, or anyone who uses The First Days of School to train teachers. Each chapter of the book is treated individually, allowing the leader to focus on areas of need. Each chapter's guide has these features:
- Background information with key concepts, facts, and definitions called out
- Questions to lead an in-depth discussion
- An activity that leads to implementation of the concept
- Questions for discussion of each Going Beyond folder
This guide will give you the background and information you need to lead meaningful discussions and classes that result in change.
Please provide the information below for instant access to the Implementation Guide for The First Days of School.
Check Your Teaching Effectiveness
Take this quiz to score your teacher effectiveness. All questions are referenced to The First Days of School. The test is self-correcting and provides references for further study.
Click True or False to the statements below. At the end of the quiz, click “Check Answers” to tally your score. The answers that are incorrect will show pages from The First Days of School to read and correct your answers.
Please click True or False.
It is more efficient to have your students pass their papers across the rows than up the aisles.(See p. 198.)
Scatter questions throughout the lesson or chapter rather than place at the end.(See p. 32.)
An assignment must be posted and in a consistent location before the students enter the class.(See p. 124.)
To increase assignment completion, give structured, precise assignments.(See p. 233.)
Use a norm-referenced test to check for mastery.(Use a criterion-referenced test. See p. 252.)
The number of students in a group is determined by the size of your class.(The number of students is determined by the number of jobs. See p. 208.)
Begin each day or period by taking roll as quickly and efficiently as possible.(Begin with an assignment. See p. 126.)
Tests must be given when enough material has been covered.(Tests are given to assess for student learning. See p. 246.)
A teacher can change to most any other position in education in three to five years with a raise in salary of 25 percent or more.(See p. 20.)
Teachers are an underpaid group of people who do not have the respect of the public.(Teachers are educated, middle-class people. See pp. 51 and 318.)
Praise the student when the student does well.(Praise the deed. See p. 184.)
An excellent way to get class attention is to flick the lights.(Teach a procedure. See p. 182.)
The assignment and the test should be written at the same time.(See p. 247.)
Beginning teachers are better off using general rules.(Use specific rules. See p. 151.)
The number one problem in the classroom is discipline.(It is the lack of procedures and routines. See p. 165.)
Procedures have no penalties or rewards.(See p. 169.)
To increase student learning and achievement, tell the students what to do.(What to accomplish. See p. 232.)
The main purpose of a seating arrangement is to keep students quiet.(The main purpose is communication. See p. 116.)
The number of questions on a test is governed by the number of objectives on the assignment.(See p. 248.)
Learning is more effective when it takes place as a solitary activity.(Within a supportive community of learners. See p. 212.)
Scoring (number correct):
17 – 20 You should be a collegial coach.
13 – 16 Good Job! You are a master teacher.
11 – 12 You can improve! You're just surviving, aren't you?
0 – 10 We can help! You're an At-Risk teacher. But you can be a master teacher.
Please refer to the answers on the indicated pages in the current edition of The First Days of School.
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