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Do you have some good ideas or resources for keeping an "under control" classroom??  Please share - we can always use more ideas on this topic!!

Seating Plans
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!
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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...) 
 

I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom.  It’s my personal approach that creates the climate.  It’s my daily mood that makes the weather.  As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a person’s life miserable or joyous.  I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.  I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.  In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a person humanized or de-humanized. – Haim Ginott.