Has anyone ever used this book? How closely did you follow the guidelines? I started reading it the other day, and although I like the whole premise, I'm unsure of it's practicality. I know the book keeps stressing that the time "wasted" on building your classroom community during the first 6 weeks will be regained later, but I'm worried how to "keep up" with the other teachers in my school. I've heard that all teachers at my new school (I'll be first year) work closely together to plan all their lessons and units. We have weekly PLC meetings and bi-monthly all-day meetings to plan together (they hire us subs...so cool). Anyway, maybe as I finish reading the book this will become clearer, but how can I balance the pace of curriculum with the First Six Weeks model? Does anyone care to share their experiences using the book as a guide?