I really like the idea of seating plans. It allows students to sit beside & interact with students they might
not normally interact with. It also helps the students who usually feel segregated feel like they are a part of the
class. I have also observed a classroom in which the seating plans are changed each month - what a great way to give
students an opportunity to sit with many different classmates!
With All Due Respect: Keys for building effective school discipline
by Ronald G. Morrish (2000, Woodstream Publishing)
This book is an enjoyable read and has some great ideas for school discipline. At times Morrish seems a little
harsh in his explanations and expectations, but it is worth reading. Plus, it's Canadian!! Available at McNally Robinson.
How To Be an Effective Teacher The First Days of School
by Harry K. Wong & Rosemarry T. Wong
This is an awesome book!! A principal at one of my practicum schools suggested it to me, and it is well worth the
$30! This book isn't just for beginner teachers, but it definitely contains vaulable information for those of us
who are just starting out. Chapters include "Basic Understanding - The Teacher", "Positive Expectations", "Classroom
Management", "Lesson Mastery", and "The Professional". This book is written with a lot of heart - it is quite obvious
that the authors love children and education. Available at McNally Robinson
(it's also available at Chapters, but this way we can support our Canadian bookstore...)