Ok. This one is for me and anyone else who is starting a new teaching position or just can't find the "strict" streak in them. My problem is I'm too nice! I can't get strict enough like the other teachers to make these children mind me. I think if I (or anyone who reads this in the future) become strict enough with the students misbehavior, then all will be well. Please post some ideas on how I can find this streak in me (or for anyone else that comes across this thread). I need to pull it out. That's all that is not working. Tongiht, I keep telling myself over and over: 'I'm the adult. I'm the adult. I will not let anyone get hurt. I am to protect. I'm in charge. I'm the adult.' If there's anything else, just post! I won't hesitate to apply it to the class! What have I got to lose??? PS: This is a very very tough first grade class.