Harry and Rosemary Wong:
Creating a Culture of Effective Teaching

Meet Harry and Rosemary Wong - the most sought after speakers on classroom management in education. Their sensible, no-nonsense tips for classroom procedures are what today's teachers need!

I first heard of Harry and Rosemary Wong quite some time ago, back in 1993 when I was graduating with my Bachelor's degree in Education.

Harry was giving a talk at a local school near me on the topic of classroom management. It seemed like a good idea to go and hear him as I had just finished my student teaching and was in the process of looking for a job.

tips for managing a classroom with Harry and Rosemary Wong

I immediately bought their book, The First Days of School, and read it from cover to cover.

This quickly became one of my most valued classroom management resources and is one of just a handful of professional books that I have kept over the past 20 years.

As of today, it has sold over 3.6 million copies, the highest of any educational book - ever.

Articles by the Wongs on Primary Education Oasis:

Harry Wong, Ed.D.

Dr. Wong, or "Mr. Practicality" as he is known, is a former high school science teacher. During his time spent teaching in the classroom he developed no-cost classroom management resources that inspired tough students to achieve, kept them in school and allowed his classroom to run like a well-oiled machine.

Harry left teaching to become an advocate for teachers. Besides being in the top 20 Most Admired Educators Around the World (Instructor Magazine 2006) he has helped millions of teachers raise the bar towards excellence. Some of his other achievements are:

  • 30 publications in educational journals
  • a digital course on classroom management that schools everywhere are using as professional development
  • a series designed especially for new teachers to get them started correctly
  • speaks around the world (booked at least 2 years in advance)
  • the recipient of many awards and honors in education (i.e. Horace Mann Outstanding Educator Award and the Upton Sinclair Award)

Rosemary Wong, Ed.D.

Rosemary is the love of Harry's life as well as his partner in bringing their mission of teacher effectiveness to millions of people. She is a true Southern belle who is also the CEO for Harry K. Wong Publications while continuing to develop various philanthropic pursuits.

Dr. Wong was also a classroom teacher, both in elementary and middle school. She knows exactly what it's like in the classroom today - and offers real solutions and classroom management tips that any teacher can implement.

Rosemary's many achievements include:

  • over 90 articles to Teachers.net
  • conference presenter in numerous countries around the world
  • numerous awards, including the Upton Sinclair Award for outstanding writing and the Silicon Valley Distinguished Woman's Award for her business skills
  • President of The First Days of School Foundation, a charity started by Harry and Rosemary Wong in 2008. Their charity recently build a school in the jungles of Cambodia which gives over 300 children the opportunity to have an education
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Education at Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University
  • sits on the Board and volunteers for both Meals on Wheels of San Francisco and Self-Help for the Elderly

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