Do you have a difficult time refraining from being a smartass right back to the kids? Maybe because I am young (23) it is hard for me not to have some witty come back. I feel it lets them know that "making fun of me" is working, ya know? Today was a perfect example. I usually try to be professional and teacher-like, but I had a FULL classroom filled with boys and they were giving me a hard time with just random things (not being mean or difficult, just being smartalecs) and a few times I had a clever retort and they would go back to work. But I just feel unprofessional when I "get on there level," even though it seems to make my life easier because the kids have more respect for me.. or something Does any of that make sense?