Resources: Teacher Enhancement

Finally, after a few years of subbing and teaching private lessons, I have begun to read the much-lauded book “The First Days of School” (Wong) Thus far it has been an excellent read. It stresses the importance of the first week of school in determining a new teacher’s long-term success and provides tips and tools to make a teacher successful, and encourages teachers to always seek more information to improve themselves. The myriad of tips includes reading, attending workshops, analyzing statistics, and collaborating with colleagues. The authors suggest reading books and educator journals as well, within your field and in the broader realm of education. I find it fascinating, as does the author, that teachers expect their students to do something that they themselves often neglect to do: learn! The sections include content on teacher expectations, classroom management, lesson mastery, and being a professional. Below are listed some resources that the book suggests, as well as others that have been recommended to me.

The First Days of School by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong

Discipline Survival Kit for the Secondary Teacher by J.G. Thompson

Private Voice Studio Handbook by Joann Frey Boytim

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey



The Education Resources Information Center

SAGE Publications

Global School Net

US Department of Education

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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2 Responses to Resources: Teacher Enhancement

  1. Use the time to take roll and deal with any
    other administrative issues. In order to do so, certain steps need to be taken in order
    to create a cohesive collective dialogue that attributes all parts of multiculturalism to each individual.
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    • Eowyn Fair says:

      I have been reading “The First Days of School” to help with all these issues. There are many things that even veteran teachers make mistakes on, and the book has been very helpful!

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