I'm an NQT, and started a maternity cover after half term. The school behaviour is decent, but they have a problem with ongoing low-level disruption - mainly constant talking. Because of previous behaviour, I gave them a resource and question sheet, which they needed to complete in silence. They couldn't do silence. I read somewhere (here?) that you should get the culprits to stand up - eventually I had about 8 students standing up, but they just kept chatting. When this didn't work, I made these 8 students stand at the side/front of the classroom facing the wall. IT WORKED A TREAT! The rest of the lesson was in silence! When I recounted this story to a small (select) group of colleagues in the staffroom, there was a sharp intake of breath. They were supportive, but it was the intial reaction that got me worried! I understand about not humiliating students, and was very aware not to do that during the lesson, and made very sure it wasn't a public humiliation thing, but as a result of their behaviour. But, is this kind of thing acceptable or not? And why? <u> Extra info:</u> This was a last resort with the group - they've been driving me crazy for weeks. It's a decent school, with decent kids, they just won't shut up when they need to. It's not something I will (or want to) resort to regularly, just as another weapon in my armoury. I do work through the behaviour policies, and did so this lesson too. From this class I regularly give out 3-4 break-time detentions. It's not a one off - I've been teaching them for 7 weeks, and haven't once got through what was planned (or reasonably expected) during the lesson.