Hello there, I completed my GTP in December and have stayed at the same school for my NQT. I have swapped classes though (as of Jan) to cover for an absent member of staff, I am really struggling with all my classes and today one of my year 8's asked why it was that people behaved in other classes but not mine. I know I have problems with class management but it is really getting me down. I give detentions but I feel it is a reflection of how bad I am when I have so many kids turning up for detentions at the same time. Even in deentions I can't get some of them to be quiet and listen. I have read and listened to so much that describes techniques such as saying, 'turn round Johnny and face the front, thank you', not being confrontational and not shouting but I don't feel that this is really working. I feel that my eternal patience is making me appear weak and not in control. I am too soft and want to toughen up but I don't want to control the class through fear but respect. I don't feel that I have respect at the moment and I see some of the pupils faces looking at me as if to say 'please do something -we want to learn'. H E L P ! All advice will be greatly appreciated.