Hi all! We're in our second week of school and I've got a really sweet group of 20 first graders, but the talking is relentless. I'm trying Responsive Classroom and Love and Logic, but it just seems like it is taking too long. I've gone over procedures, we've repeated them when they don't go as they should and so on. I am new to the school this year, and special teachers who know them come in and get them quiet right away by yelling at them and taking away recess. They say I'm being too nice. So I'm torn. Am I being too nice? I am trying to rephrase rules positively, recognize good behavior and use logical consequences. Also, what are your thoughts on talking during independent work time? I feel like if I can get them to be quiet during instruction, then they should be able to talk quietly while they work, but maybe this is confusing for them. Ideas please!!!