Hi, I’m an nqt in serious need of help. I’m struggling with the behaviour of most of my classes – many students are openly rude and disrespectful. They talk over me, refuse to follow reasonable instructions and just won’t cooperate. I separate them, use seating plans, give warnings, never shout and am never rude to them. I listen and try to get to know them yet they treat me like dirt. I make my lessons as interesting and interactive as I can – they take ages to plan – but nothing seems to work. My marking is always up to date, I always praise good behaviour and try to make them feel positive about themselves. I make sure I don’t do whole class explanations talking for more than 2 minutes as advised. <font size="3"> </font> I was a good teacher on student placements. I’m doing the same thing but treated like **** by the students. I’ve just caught up with marking. I’m exhausted. I’ve got the rest of this holiday week to plan more entertaining lessons for classes of students who will throw them back in my face. <font size="3"> </font> Colleagues promise that it gets easier after the first year, I hope I can keep going that long. I’m tired of crying and feeling useless. I want to be a better teacher. Other teachers at my school don’t get treated like I do so what am I doing wrong?