I feel like kids this year did not respond well to my classroom management. I have a very firm style, but as long as rules are followed, I am very friendly and personable to all of the students. However I had outright opposition from day 1 from some students for what seems to be my management style. A few students REALLY did not like the firm part of my classroom management. They seemed to expect that I would let things slide (part of it is the rest of the school environment, where things are allowed to let slide quite a bit). Anyway, they disliked it so much, that one decided to transfer out of my class, one tried to escape to a higher level science class (didn't work), and one has decided he isn't going to speak to me for the remainder of the year (which I'm totally fine with--as long as he doesn't put any more students into chokeholds). I don't think I'm overly strict, I never yell, but I have my rules, and I don't budge on them. And if they're broken, I enact my consequences. Some kids got it fairly quickly and we enjoy good relationships, but I'm still curious about those that just could not adapt. It makes me wonder what their problem was, and if it extends to other classes as well, or was just a problem with me personally. We've held several meetings with family and admin for those three cases, and in every case, the students isn't able to elaborate on what their issue is specifically with me, or at least not in a way that was satisfying. One said "I don't like you because you are a liberal (the student is very conservative, which may be the root of his problems with me), but you run your classroom like a dictator." (lol) He also said he doesn't like the sound of my voice and the fact that I teach about climate change and drive a Subaru (lol again). Another said that she misbehaves because "I did something she didn't like (moved her to independent study) so she decided to do things I don't like (scraping the stool loudly across the floor while I'm trying to teach)." [I eventually got into a better relationship with her after we got grandpa on board (he was initially defensive when we first started talking but softened up after we described the details of what she was doing in the classroom) but she still wanted to leave my class.] Haven't fully met with the last student yet (think his mom is avoiding coming in), but I'm sure his explanation will be similarly confusing. I do notice that all of the students who have the most issues with my rules and protocols have parents who are immediately rushing in to "defend" their children from the evil mean teachers and their kid can't possibly be at fault, so it's likely a lot to do with how they're raised and not necessarily anything to do with me, but I'm curious just in case. I have structures in place to help students succeed, based on my experiences, that some students think are a bit too much such as a binder organization system (some just want to jam their papers in their backpacks and get offended at the idea that their teacher requires them to organize a certain way), when I ask for attention, I don't move on until I have everybody putting down whatever they're working on, ending their conversations and making eye contact with me. This annoys those who want to work while I talk, and those who just generally want to socialize constantly. It's just that I found that students who work while you talk, really aren't listening to what you say, and you often have to repeat instructions multiple times to the class in order for things to happen if I don't have that structure. I am also pretty strict about blurting answers out and requiring them to raise their hands, and I have assigned seats. I wonder if the kids just see all of these structures as "too young" for them, and are rebelling because of it. Are these structures too much or (if in the future I teach again) do I just power through the grumbles? How do kids respond to your structures, protocols, and management styles?