Let me start this off with saying that I'm an absolutely brand spankin new teacher. I've never been in a classroom before. (I've taught dance and drama in private studios, but never been an academic teacher) I've made a discipline plan. This is what it is... Green: If you stay in green you get a sticker (at the end of the day). Green is good. Yellow: You lose 5 minutes of recess. Orange: You lose 10 minutes of recess and I send a note home to your parents. Red: You lose ALL recess, I call your parents, and you go see the dean, who dependent upon the parents wishes may or may not paddle them. I think I did a pretty good plan, but since I'm new I don't have a clue! Now is where I get into problems... How strict is too strict and how leniant is too leniant? I've got a classroom full of brand new kindergarteners. I know that if I'm not successful in maintaining order now I'll never get it. However, I feel like SUCH a meanie!!! Plus I'm still giving them a bit of leeway... I'll tell them once, and if they correct the behavior I don't do anything, but if they continue to do it I will mark their name on the board in the appropriate column. While they're in whatever time out I give them I sit down with them and ask if they know why they were in trouble and then we brainstorm on how to fix it. What do I do about kids who just aren't there? Mentally I mean. I've got about 4-5 complete space cadets who don't listen at all. I feel really harsh punishing them because I honestly don't think they understand why I'm doing it at all. I have one kid who's made it to orange 2 days in a row (I've only had him 2 days due to a stagger start). This kid is pretty smart. He tested into my medium high group. He understands the rules and can talk to me about them. He knows he's misbehaved. Yet he keeps doing it!? What can I do to get through to him? Gah! This is SUCH a hard profession to jump into!!! I have SUCH respect for you seasoned teachers!!!