Another thread got me thinking. (unusual, I know ) Those of us who have been at this a while, how about sharing those things we learned on the job? Getting rid of a bee: Turn off the lights and open all the windows. The bee will head for the light. The teacher stare: When a child is talking, stop what youre doing and stare right at him or her without smiling. Just.... wait... and... say... nothing. He or she will probably stop. The word "please" will soften almost any command and get the kids to do what you want. (As in, "would you please pick up those papers under your cafteria table before you leave." Said withOUT a question mark, the way you would picture Colin Powell saying it. They'll do it.) Always have bandaids in your room. You'll keep a lot of kids in for the occasional papercut instead of having them lose 10 minutes going to the nurse.