School starts here on Wednesday. This will be my first year so I need some advice on classroom management. I've read both First Days of School and also Becoming a Teacher-A Practical and Survival Guide. As I read the first book, I felt it was especially geared for elementary students. I will be teaching 9th and 11th grade. According to the first book, if a rule is broken, he recommends putting a name on the board with checkmarks following, etc. and if challenged by the student, to answer with You chose to break the rule. While I imagine it would be effective to this age group because students at this age don't want their names on the board for discipline purposes, wouldn't it be as effective if I just raised my hand and looked at him/her? Or passed by them and tapped the desk? The author also suggested giving the errant student a ticket --like a police officer would do if you were breaking the law--(-giving a ticket in case you felt the student would be too embarrassed for the name on board.) I do agree with the author that if I am consistent in the beginning of the year with consequences to rule breaking, I will have better classroom behavior all around. I'm not throwing the whole book out because of this name on board issue. I just want to be an effective teacher and teach students. Thanks to all who help with this question.