From the outset, I make it clear to my students that my classroom will be and is a place of peace. When they enter, I outline what I expect from them and what they can expect from me; I advise them that respect and trust are paramount to a successful writing class due to the fact that writing is such a personal expression of one's thoughts and emotions. If they do not respect me or one another, then we will never be able to have a peaceful co-existence for the 15 week semester. In addition, I do not honor biting comments or a mean, threatening tone and will not allow for belittling of anyone in the room. This clarification of my own personal principles enables them to mirror me and create a true zone of peace.