One of the things that other teachers seem to marvel at is my patience with the high schoolers we teach. They seem to think it’s pretty amazing at times, but I really believe that if you are nice to people, they’ll be nice to you. It also helps to remember that they’re only 14-18 years old and aren’t perfect (then again, neither are adults) and they’re experiencing a lot of things for the first time, so it doesn’t make sense to crucify them for a mistake. Usually, if a student makes a “mistake” in my class (says something the wrong way or is about to get into a confrontation with either me or another student), I try to make sure they know the consequences if they carry their actions any further. Most of the time, it works and we have a pretty peaceful day. And the kids actually appreciate it, too.