Running Head: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT THEORIST PAPER 2
Harry and Rosemary Wong are theorists in education that have achieved a great amount
of professional success. They are most known for their belief that in every classroom, there
should be an effective teacher. They have authored the best-selling books The First Days of
School: How to be an Effective Teacher and New Teacher Induction: The First Days of School.
Mr. and Mrs. Wong advocates for classroom management and procedures over discipline. Their
motto for educational success is that effective teaching should be a “common sense,
user-friendly, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success (Rebora
Per Education Weekly’s interview with the Wongs, Harry Wong stated that “teacher
effectiveness has been shown…to have a greater impact on student achievement than any other
factor (Rebora 2013).” Their focus is in that there should be emphasis on teacher preparedness
and that teachers should have well-defined procedures in place for students to follow in a clear
and concise manner. The Wongs believe there are three characteristics of effective teaching.
They are as follows:
Lesson mastery (Rebora 2013).
Harry and Rosemary Wong theorize that teachers must show not just what to do but why you’re
doing what you’re doing. Effective teaching takes the “how” and the “why” so that you can put
the characteristics in place in your classroom in a coherent and seamless way. For your
classroom to be successful, you must be organized and ready. In their opinion, classroom
management is first and foremost in importance in the classroom environment. In my
professional experience, I find that the more organized and prepared I am, the more smooth and
confident I am in my teaching. I believe, like the Wongs, that classroom management is the glue