I would agree totally with the last poster. However, I would like to add a couple of my own points - that may be similar to what has been said. Please do not be starting to have "nightmares" about going back - you ARE good and clearly just need to re-establish your authority with your classes. I think upon returning in January you need to set your rules from the outset. Make each class/group choose the rules and then you can type them up and display them - you will have to direct (a little) the rule making here so you don't end up with wildly different sets from each class. This way you will end up with a single set of rules for ALL groups that enter your room. Your rules MUST include things like: - respect for each other - respect for property - hands up to speak Now I know these may seem simple BUT insist upon them being implemented - be a little "mean" if you need to be in order for them to take heed. I think for the first lesson back you should stand at the door and wait for them to line up quietly to come into YOUR classroom. Comments (said quite loudly!) like "Well done John - you are standing beautifully. I can see you want your play time today!" (You don't have to say that last bit but it works great with some chn ;-), Try offering house points, time on the piano/instruments for those chn who DO follow your rules. Most importantly DO NOT let them into the class UNTIL they are stood smartly, facing the right way and not talking. You MUST insist on this basic rule BEFORE you enter the class. I know this WILL be difficult and may take a while to achieve but you need to keep at it and rest assured with a little "re-training" you will get them where you want them. Another great thing that really works with classes I have had is to engage them in Circle Time activities (I know a lot of people think they are a waste of time). Simple games like Oranges and Lemons and Meet and Greet are great for getting a class to calm down and focus. Of course, this would depend on the age of the chn you teach as to whether or not these games would work. I am happy to help further and clarify any points - feel free to PM me or post your email address and I will reply. Please post back how you get on. The site is amazing for helping people out and you DON'T need to suffer alone - I know it can be very hard when you hit a low spot but rest assured MOST people have been there and come through it - AS WILL YOU!