It seems like only yesterday when Bunki sent me much of the same info you're
getting here. Much of her insight and methods got me through my hellacious
first year in middle school. Stacie, I know I sent you an email off list and some
of my comments were very similiar. Bunki's methods and approaches with this
age level are very effective.
Before they can truly create work that they and you will be proud of, you
must be able to control the room and gain their respect. Your first year goal
is to primarily cement a reputation that allows for no shinanigans, but does
allow them to achieve their personal best.