I have a voluntary placement in a primary school in a year 1 class. I thought I had built a good rapport with the children by being helpful, friendly, praising the good and encouraging them to do better. I seem to be fairly popular with the children and they want me to work with their group however I find that when working with a group they always seem to be unruly, distracting each other and all wanting my attention at once, I do not feel in control. I have tried to follow advice of not becoming a 'friend' to the children I do act professionally at all times. I need some practical tips on what to say or do to keep control. This week one child actually prodded my arm with the point of a pencil to get my attention.I am starting to think I dont have the respect, its very hard when you are not a member of staff and therefore do not have any power in relation to sanctions. Any tips would be much appreciated I am back in class on Wednesday and I am determined to have a better day!.