When I was student teaching in middle school for 7th grade, I felt like I was constantly writing kids up. Now let me explain the writing up situation.... For first 5 write up's a student received, they got a a conference with the 7th grade teachers to basically straighten up their act. Another 5, they would get a detention. Another 5, another detention. Another 5, I believe it was an in school suspension. Another 5, in school...you get the point. Once they hit 5, 10, 15, 20... a letter was sent home to their parents/guardians. They would also get wrote if they had gum/candy or didn't have the necessary materials for class (book, paper, pencil). The students knew that when they entered the classroom, they should stop talking which is nearly impossible for 7th graders. I wrote up about 5-10 students per day and I had 7 class periods. There were also 2 other student teachers on the same team that I was and they didn't write up nearly as many students as I did. I know I shouldn't compare myself to them, but I feel like I have to... So, my question is when do you turn the other cheek and pretend you didn't hear them talking? Was I being too strict? Or was I doing the right thing?