Today is only my second day, and our office manager sent me an e-mail telling me that one of my students apparently said I was their favorite teacher because I was "nice". I am glad for the compliment, but I must confess, the word "nice" makes me cringe. I've been trying to be more consistent with consequences, and responding to behavior this year. I am really trying to work hard at catching things and coming off as the teacher who runs a tight ship. However, I am always generally very happy to see the kids and can't help but be "nice" all the time. I had a major problem last year where this "niceness" was seen as a weakness, and the students didn't feel like they had to listen to me. I have a consequence system in place and have been working to implement it religiously, but I'm still allowing a bit of leeway since it is only the second day. I know I'm supposed to be extremely consistent and set the pace from the beginning, but it's hard for me to give consequences when I'm pretty sure that they just haven't had practice with it. I think I'm at the point where I'll warn the class once and just begin implementing consequences, but I'm wondering if they've already seen me as a "nice" teacher and that will have consequences in the future. Does anyone else have the same problem? I'm also really young and energetic, so they tend to relate to me more I guess as well. Really trying to draw a boundary here.