Today was my first day of school. My first three periods (my science classes) went very smoothly. My fourth period (my elective) was okay. I only say okay because I had to enact consequences on the first day, which I hate doing, but I could tell it had to be done. A kid who I had talked to last year thought this new elective was going to be a breeze and he could do whatever he wanted just because I was pretty easy going when I met him last year on the last day of school. (He just popped by and visited, very few students are around the last day, so we just kind of have fun. I lit his hand on fire (safely).) So he probably thought I would be "cool" and not hold him accountable to the rules the next year when he would have me as a teacher. He was rude as I was going over the syllabus by talking to his friends, and giggling, even after being sent to the time-out table, and was blurting out. We had a really fun activity during this period where everyone got together and built the tallest towers they could using newspaper. As a result of his behavior, I told him he couldn't participate. Poor guy had the most forlorn face nearly the entire period. I was strongly tempted to come over and say "okay, you can participate now, as long as you follow the rules," but I knew that would diminish the lesson I was trying to teach him (that I'm a teacher and not his buddy). I feel slightly guilty, it being the very first day of school and all, and I feel like I ruined it for him, but I think it was the right thing to do. Would you guys have done the same, should I have been more lenient because it's the first day? On another note, last year in this elective class, I only had like 16 students. This year I have like 37. They're all packed in there, and I'm worried about management of that many students, which is another reason I may have been a little more harsh (to set an example to the rest of the students).