I recently was told I'm staying in 1st grade and not going to 3rd. This will be my 3rd year going into 1st grade, and I feel like my biggest weakness is how to deal with crying kids with the first few days. I'm not talking about kids that are teary eyed and keeping quiet about it; I'm talking about the ones who scream bloody murder and throw tantrums about going with the teacher and the parent leaving them there and turning away. I had this happen my first year when I taught Kindergarten, but my mentor was right next door and took a couple of kids who were having problems. She knew I didn't know how to deal with this yet. The teachers in that school were really supportive. I'm in a new school this year, so I doubt the teachers would go this far out of their way to help me; especially since they know I'm not brand new. There was one case where I had a child come in later in the year and he wouldn't stop crying. I just kind of let him sit against the wall in the opposite side of the room (he refused to move) and cry it out. Eventually he came around a few hours later and was okay. So how do you deal with it the first day when you have to pay serious attention to the whole class? I know about talking to them and trying to calm them down, but what else? I don't want the other kids to see me as soft if i'm trying to talk to the crying kids in a nice, sweet voice, since in the inner-city it's extra important to form a good first impression towards your class. any advice??