I was wondering how many sixth grade teachers were self-contained. I work at a small school and have a self-contained class in an elementary school setting. This will be my second year teaching, and I have successfully transformed the worst behaving class in the district into the best behaving. I credit some of my success to the manner in which I treat the students. I demand respect (Yes Sir, No Sir, Please, Thank You) and I receive it. I also treat them as though they are still elementary students and not middle schoolers. My students, who come from economically disadvantaged families, seem to respond well to it. I was curious as to how other teachers approach their sixth graders. How are your rooms decorated? Do you use themes? What are your rules/consequences?