I recently graduated and completed my degree with Mathematics Education. I completed my student teaching in middle school and high school last May and have several questions!! How do you start off the school year to show the students that you mean business? How do you get them to respect you? How do you tell the whole class when the bell rings, that means stop talking? I've tried numerous ways while doing student teaching and nothing seemed to work. Middle school was the hardest. High school students seemed more respectful than middle school. In the middle school setting and after one warning, I wrote them up. After that if they kept on talking, I sent them to the hall which I hated doing!! I've sent them directly to the dean. I mean I was a lost cause! My classroom teacher just told me to "have the confidence", and that I did better without him around...but I still felt like I was beating a dead horse.