It was the 3rd day of school, and many of my students were beginning to get comfortable already. I think they are going to be a really good group overall, but there was quite a bit of extra talking today. We are a PBIS school, and I have been going over our classroom matrices like CRAZY. We have been role-playing and modeling expectations, talking about why they are important, and doing it again and again until we get it right. I feel like I am boring them to death, but they still. Don't. Get. It. We will talk about body basics, and they will model it perfectly, but as soon as I start a lesson, some kids who will turn to one-another and talk. We have a "Voice level 0" rule for the bathrooms, but they won't stop talking. It doesn't surprise me, because these kids were VERY loud during bathroom breaks last year, and their previous teachers allowed it. It just baffles me how 2 students will be talking right next to me, I will remind them to be quiet, and they will look at me and continue talking. I hate to pull out the "we'll practice this at recess" card already. How do you balance being firm with your expectations, but at the same time not coming off as "mean"? My tone is calm and gentle, but I still feel so mean and boring!