I follow the Pernille system. The one that says to listen to your students, give them a voice, get out of the way, and then change your mind when needed. The system I use has no book or no guidelines but only common sense and a lot of reflection. I don’t manage my children, they are not stress I must constrain. I guide them, they guide me and we trade spots more often than I can count. I do not read a book to see how I should train my students the first week of school; they are not circus animals getting ready for a performance. Instead we get to know each other and we laugh a lot because laughter is a key ingredient in my life. I do not hide the “real” Pernille from my students because I believe education must be authentic to be meaningful. My students share their emotions and opinions whenever they can.
I know that if I wanted a book-deal or masses of followers I should call my system something, my husband jokes about that all the time. That way people could refer to it and ask themselves, “Well what would Pernille do?” And then they would be confused as to why my system wouldn’t work as well for them, because a system has to be as personal as your classroom. You borrow, you steal, you get inspired by others, but in the end your voice and that of your students is the one that needs to shout the loudest and it needs flexibility and adaption skills. So trust in yourself, sure read the books, ask the questions and then reflect; what will you do and what will your students do? Hint: It requires conversations with your students to create your own system. Good luck.