Harry Wong

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Harry K. Wong is an educator, educational speaker and author. His works include The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher and New Teacher Induction, as well as a variety of CD-Audio and DVD-format resources for teachers. The First Days of School has sold over 3.5 million copies and has had four editions printed.

Wong's publications provide advice on the improvement of academic instruction, classroom management and teacher expectations of students. He draws a distinction between classroom "discipline" and classroom "management" and suggests that through clear procedures and routines, teachers can avoid thickets of rules, which lead to infractions, punishments, and, ultimately, lost productive time in a classroom. He also famously asserted that the first few minutes with students on the first day can make or break a teacher.[1][2]

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher was first published in 2001 and was co-written by Wong's wife Rosemary T. Wong. The book is separated into six sections that purport to create effective teacher-leaders through focus on objectives and student learning.


  1. ^ "Nationally acclaimed speaker visits Dyersburg educators". Dyersburg State Gazette. Dyersburg State Gazette. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Harry K. Wong And the Real Meaning Of Classroom Management". Education World. Education World, INC. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 

Wong, Harry; Wong, Rosemary. First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher. Harry K. Wong Publications 2009.