Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights or ringing a call bell. This article explores some additional ideas categorized by grade bands. For middle school (my focus), the author tells of catching students at the door before they enter the classroom. This not only stops any wild behaviors before they enter the classroom, but also works to build the all important relationships with your students.
There are some classroom management principles that work regardless of grade level. Ms. Ortiz suggests seven behavior basics that any teacher can use to set the stage for a successful classroom and a trusting one. She emphasizes teaching people first and the content second. Caring about and learning about your students, building good relationships with them is really important. Ms. Ortiz also discusses how being well prepared for class helps immensely in taking care of classroom management issues. A good, quality, interesting class will result in fewer misbehaviors.
Emphasize the obvious, keep things fresh, and be honest. Showing students that it pays to behave and respecting them as individuals greatly enhance classroom management.
Jennifer Gonzalez, along with Michael Linsin, discusses how having a plan and sticking to it is key to starting the year off right. Because this is something that I want to work on, I think researching more about classroom management is good. Gonzalez seems to have a manageable number of ideas for implementing a behavior management plan. Her discussion with Michael talks about how being repetitive and detailed is a GOOD thing, especially when modeling behaviors that students should or should not do.