Today, one student argued with me (not the first time) and so I took her assignment, crumbed it up, and told her to leave the classroom. I wrote her a referral and after she left I proceeded to give the class a lecture about respect. I wasn't yelling, but I was very firm. Here is the part where I wanted to make sure I did this correctly: I told them that they had no right to talk to me in that manner. I asked them if they talked like that to their parents, and most of them said no. I told them that I was tired of being disrespected and that I do not deserve to be talked to like that, since I strive to be as respectful as possible to all students. After that, many students asked me if they were guilty of doing the same thing and apologized. I assured the good ones that there was no need to apologize. We are on a semester schedule, so I've had these kids since January. Things were going smooth until the last couple weeks. So, did I handle this ok? Is this how one 'tackles' respect issues? Please help me as I am inexperienced in this. Also- I am a first year (young) Spanish teacher, so going through an entire school year/seeing student behavior change is new to me.