It's day 4 and I have finally had it with my 10th grade English class. I understood that it was Friday, but the kids were swearing and generally misbehaving, and I finally had it. I have always played it cool (for 3 days, anyway) and usually the counting thing works (when students misbehave, I start counting. The number will be the time they will be kept after class). But this time they were simply too unruly and I just let the have it. I told them that this is the last day before I will take everyone seriously and I will not hesitate to send people to the office and the whole bit. The kids were definitely in shock to see me lose my cool. I guess they just took me for a softie and that was what drove me to "prove them wrong." I still held back at giving referrals, because I haven't gotten around to explain the class rules yet, so it would not be fair. But after reflecting on it after school, I felt really bad that I lost my temper and lost my cool this early in the year. I have always told kids not to be bullies in class, and I can totally see that I was being a bully today. I guess I will start next week by apologizing to the class that I lost my temper with them, and that I do hold the no bullying rule seriously, even with myself. I hope the kids will be able to reflect on the matter and we can work from there. But most definitely next week we will go through the class rules and consequences, so I can start disciplining if I have to. I hope this worry is not being too unusally for a new teacher. Any advice is appreciated!