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In interviewing my old band teacher he gave me a bit of advice that i think you should take into consideration. He told me that if you remember one thing it should be when you first start a job you must be strict. This lets your students know that you won’t mess around. After the first year or so the students will realize that you mean business and that you can relax your atmosphere a bit.
To me this means make sure the students know that you are not afraid to make them face consequences. Of course warn them but then give them the detention or whatever form of discipline you feel fit. The students will respond quickly if they think “oh I really can get in trouble” rather than feeling like you are a push-over and they do not need to listen.