This will be my first year teaching middle school reading. I will have 3 classes of 6th graders, 1 class of 7th, 2 classes of 8th. I'm the only reading teacher so there is a very good chance I'll have my 6th graders for the next 3 years (my 7th and 8th graders I only have for a semester so I can scrap whatever doesn't work and try again with a new group. My 6th graders are full year.) Another bonus to make matters more complicated is that I am pregnant and due Jan.23rd so I will be out at least 6 weeks of 2nd semester (hopefully only 6 weeks.) I've subbed and know that 6th graders tend to be really good for subs, but still... So I definitely, definitely, want to start off strict and then see about easing up as we go. But I'm looking for ideas from more experienced teachers. Most of my experience is with high school, so it's a bit different. Thank you!