Do you act (significantly) differently in the classroom than you do in everyday life? I ask because I'm halfway through my first year right now and my students are SO badly behaved, and I feel like they don't respect me. I think the problem is that I have a very quiet, self-effacing personality. But oddly, despite my shyness, I was huge into acting in high school. Although I have a very shy and "closed" demeanor normally, through theatre I learned to put on personas that were very different -- loud, commanding, outgoing, even glamorous if the part called for it. I've been content with my quiet "little old me" personality so I've never desired to use my theatre skills in real life. But I'm wondering whether channeling some of these qualities might help me in my teaching (I'd have to start next year with a fresh batch of kids, haha.) I am torn because on one hand I want better classroom management, but on the other hand I don't want to feel like a fraud. Do you guys act differently in the classroom than in real life?