Hello all! I'm new to the forum and excited to join a great group! I'm about to start my fifth year teaching. Each year so far I have been at a very different school, teaching different grades, in very different ways. ( preschool, peek, second grade, 7th/8th grade, and high school special education.) This year I am finally teaching the grade I have always wanted to teach- first grade!! I have loved every teaching experience I have had so far. I have helped my students, loved my class, and felt rewarded and confident that teaching is definitely what I am meant to do. Classroom management has always been my biggest issue. I am the teacher full of smiles, jokes, and hugs. With teens, it sometimes seemed impossible, and it was amazing to me that I ended those years happy and sad to see those monsters move on- and miss them afterward! I am so excited for the next year but am looking for some classroom management tips for the younger students. I do not want to be overbearing or mean, but I know that the first few weeks will determine how my year goes! Any experienced teachers with any advice or strategies? Thank you in advance!