I just returned to the classroom to teach grade four in a neighboring town. I am truly happy to be working with students again. I have always found it to be one of the most rewarding things in my life. I am just two days into the school year, already worried about doing what's best for my students and reading books to keep me sharp.
One book I just downloaded and read is Ruby Payne's Working with Students: Discipline Strategies for the Classroom. Overall, I am not a fan. As a veteran teacher and Responsive Classroom Consultant it felt very autocratic to me. I did get one idea that I thought was useful: a classroom procedure book. It is a book that has all of the classroom's procedures and hen each student is provided with a copy.
My thought is that once students have a copy they can have great conversations with heir families about how their classroom works. It could also be a very useful tool for guest teachers!
I have used anchor charts in the past for procedures. I feel like this gives the anchor charts a home once the procedure had become automatic for the students. If I end up making one (of course I will) it will be posted on my website.