I have now been teaching at my internship position for about two weeks. I have 4 classes of 8th graders. One "bad" class, and the rest are pretty good. I give my students a lot of privileges because I feel that it gives me a little more leverage over them, but apparently, I am too patient with my students and let them walk over me even though I've been trying to start off this year as strict as I can be (which isn't very much). I don't tolerate disrespect for me or other students and I stop it every time, but I don't follow through with the school consequences. The kids love me, but I feel that that is a detriment right now, because though I know it's NOT a popularity contest, I can't help but want them to like me. Yesterday, some of my okay classes were being very rude and disrespectful to one another and I had to give my first referral in my "bad" class, but even though I gave one out, it didn't feel like I had any more control over the class than I previously did. If anything, it mostly just unsettled me, and made me feel uncomfortable. Are there any tips out there for a struggling new teacher?