How "mean" are we supposed to be? I'm a new teacher, so I've only been doing this for 7 weeks, but I'm already getting to the point where I realize that I enjoy my job (and my life) if I don't care as much what the students think about me. I think I'm getting meaner and stricter as the school year goes on - I've got too much to do to try to understand my students personal circumstances. I want to teach my lessons, and of course I want them to understand and like math as I do, but I don't really care if they are having a "fun" time learning it anymore. How mean are you guys? Do you not allow them to talk at all? Or can they occasionally make comments if they can bring the attention back as needed? Do you enforce each and every little rule? Do you bend the rules occasionally (like allowing students to listen to music during assignments)? Maybe I'm just tired after a long week, but I'm getting to the point where I don't really care if my students hate me or hate my class or math in general, as long as I can get them to shut up during class and pretend to pay attention. Am I supposed to be like this - or am I supposed to be nicer and want to do everything possible to somehow entertain them enough to like me, my class, and math in general?