Just got my Fred Jones' book, Tools for Teaching. I bought the same book 4 years ago but misplaced it. Come to realize yet again why I failed so miserably last year as a 1st year high school teacher. Yes, I had taught for 3 years before, but last year I felt green again and was making mistakes like I had during my rookie year. Basically, I did not implement and practice procedures during the 1st 2 weeks and was in essence a "nag" the whole year!!! I had forgotten about that term and how telling students to "stop this and stop that" ended up falling on deaf ears and I nagged the entire time. Even stuff like walking quietly into the classroom wasn't done. Students arrived whenever.... they dropped off bags, binders, papers.... then went to the bathroom. All of this was my fault and I got lax with everything. I'm fortunate to have another job. This time I'm gonna teach and practice procedures on everything. This includes walking into the classroom and dropping their cellphone into the proper slot and walking to their chair. Raising hands and answering questions properly. Even teaching them the proper way to get their phones back at the end of class has to be taught. Someone please add to the list of possible things that I have to teach. Like handing in work? Or borrowing and returning calculators? The place where work is handed in is at the back table. The calculators will be there, too. I'm still weak with doling out consequences for misbehavior. I might end up with writing behavior slips (1st one is a warning slip, 2nd is a conference + slip, 3rd is call home + conference + slip, 4th is sent to office). The school has 2 break times built into the schedule. Maybe lunch detention in my room and a writing punishment (e.g. What I Did Wrong and How Will I Fix It) as part of this? The district allows paddling but this didn't help me last year. I feel this year will be my last chance to get classroom management implemented correctly and effectively. Any words of advice and encouragement greatly appreciated!