It's my first year, and I've started out too nice. About a month ago, I came to this realization and I have been trying to lay down the law ever since. The problem is, the few trouble makers that I have still don't take me very seriously and refer to me as the "nice teacher". I don't even know how to be stricter. I clip my students down, I take recess, I call home. I provide incentives for my students when they behave correctly. I think if I start next year like I am now, it will be better. But after starting so nicely, I think my students are still lacking respect and don't take my threats seriously, even though I have been following through. Any experiences with this and how long it takes to actually start seeing some results?