I am a new H.S. math teacher using my summer to build up my lesson plans, classroom management, etc. I am moving to Houston from Iowa and am a little nervous because of all the differences I am going to face. Does anyone have any advice for me? I have thought a lot about my classroom management plan and have found some interesting ways on the internet. I found the "Book of Consequences." When a student misbehaves there is a prewritten paragraph or two for . Students must answer questions about their behavior, what they did, why they did it, 3 ways they could correct the behavior. They then copy the paragraph which speaks of the ills of their behavior. I feel this is a non-threatening, non-confronting, positive approach to misbehavior. My question is does anyone see any pitfalls on this approach? I understand that students might say no or refuse to do this but my response to that is that every day it is overdue they lose a point of extra credit or off their total score and they may not receive any more points until they turn it in (I will keep track of the points they accumulate but they won't count until the discipline paper is turned in). Is this too harsh? Does anyone have any better ideas to deal with this? Has anyone tried this? What do you do to deal with discipline? I have also decided to use math bucks. They earn math bucks for good behavior, good grades, tutoring, or having their entire study group of 4 increase their grade by a step (B to B-, etc.). They can then use their "bucks" to buy a pencil, get out of a homework assignment (20 bucks), as a bathroom/drink pass, earn an extra point on a test (3 bucks), etc. Has anyone tried this and do you have any advice, or know of any cons with this? I am a blank book right now and am up for any advice anyone has to give me about classroom management, teaching in a poverished (is that a word?) district, etc.