Ok, I was told I'd have a job over this weekend and I start tomorrow full-time as the special ed. teacher in an 8:1:2 classroom of 1st graders. I need some general time-tested advice for behavior management & what to do the first day and week of school. I have Wong's book, but not enough time to read it all right now. Of course I'll go over class rules & routines with students. (Anyone have a good basic 3-rule list?) Be Kind, Be Respectful, ____ I've seen the red/yellow/green card system, but doubt it will be a good match for these students. Besides, it displays publicly who everyone's behavior status, plus you may run out of cards too early, Not sure I really want a system for rewarding students with stickers etc for good behavior. I know sincere praise works and I'm comfortable with that, it is intangible. For positive "rewards", I prefer intangibles like giving free time, computer time, a good note home etc. For negative behaviors, I like to point out to the student individually what he/she did and tell (or ask them) what they can do next time to make a better choice. I also will explain what consequences can be if a student keeps breaking one of the class rules (talk to him in private, time-out area, I guess my head is spinning and just trying to calm down and figure out how to get through the first day. *The more responses the better, thanks.