Hi all! I'm going to try and make this as short and sweet as possible. Thanks in advance to anyone who offers advice. I just graduated in January and I was hired in February at a private school in a pretty affluent area. The school is considered a progressive school and I work in a combined class of 3rd and 4th graders. I was hired as a co-teacher and I work with the head teacher of the class who has been there since September. He is a great person, but he and I are extremely different. For starters, the class is LOUD. The students are constantly chatting, and loudly. As I had stated, it is a progressive school and very student centered. There are no individual desks, only group desks so students are free to sit wherever they want whenever they want and don't really have any designated spots. Along with being loud, the classroom is very unstructured. The students misbehave often, and there is no classroom management system or consequence for misbehavior at all. They kind of just get told to "cut it out." This is something I am not used to and I'm struggling with working in this kind of environment. I am extremely structured (not only as a teacher but in all aspects of my life) and I believe in logical consequences. My head teacher kind of just says, "Well, they're old enough, they know how to behave." And he has even said, "I'd rather my students view me as their cool babysitter rather than their teacher." When my head teacher is out for the day for whatever reason (personal day, sickness) and I'm in charge, I feel like the bad guy. I am constantly trying to get them to quiet down because I refuse to talk over anyone. Directions need to be given multiple times because they just do not listen. I don't raise my voice, but I do speak firmly to let them know that I am not happy. For the most part, they respond well... but today was a disaster. I have only been employed there since February so I am very new. Should I even bother to try and instill some structure or will they just view me as mean since it's not something they are used to? I am only a co-teacher, so I do not want to disrespect my head teacher by any means. Should I just go with his flow and do things as he does?