I finally got to practice all the things I've been thinking about the past year or so. It was so fun to see it work. 1-7 periods ran like clockwork. 1) Come in and start working on the posted assignment, 2) Talk because that's how we normally behave, 3) Get snuffed by the teacher every time we talk, 4) Don't talk anymore until the teacher says to, 5) Participate in the activities plan with efficiency and care. I pretty much established the kind of teacher I'm going to be. Now I just need to follow up the rest of the week, and by next week I hope everything to be automated. My 8th period class is that "class from hell" that everyone talks about, but I absolutely loved them. Their background is much more like mind than the general population: low SES, divorced family, no money, barely getting by. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I really identify with these kids. I admittingly never did snuff out all the talking (there are too many "head honchos" in this class to snuff out at once), but I did get them to stay in their seats, start shushing people when I stood there quietly (I never talked over anyone today -- I refuse to), and had them participate gladly in their work. Three of the kids in that class were already sent to the principal in multiple classes that day (THE FIRST DAY!), but they minded me well enough. All in all, it was a fantastic first day.