Hello Guys I have been reading through your forums and have come across some fantastic suggestions. I thought I would post this to see if anybody has had similar issues and therefore knows what I should do next. I started teaching full time this week and have found all my classes to be challenging. The school knows it has 'difficult students' and so has a warning, warning then time out system that is well supported. As a new teacher I have tried to follow this system but have found that in my classes I have 3 or 4 students that behave and the rest seem to act as if I am not there. They do not listen to instructions or stay on task. I obviously can't send everyone of them out and also have the added issue of being new to them and therefore not knowing their names fully yet. I know they are testing me but I worry that if i don't get some strategies in place now that deal with the majority and not just the minority then i'll lose them for the year and make my life hell. I have tried praising those that have listened. Using names to praise / warn where I have been able to and also sending out the persistent offenders. I also try to give a clear signal that we are ready to start that goes along the line of pens down, facing the front and listening thankyou but they carry on with whatever it is they chose to do regardless. The only advice i got from uni on BM is that if i plan super duper lessons for them I wont have issues. This is not the case and i am reluctant to try such lessons with them as I know that they will just excite them further and make the problem worse. The thought of facing all this again on Monday and not knowing what to do is making me feel ill and I find it so embarrasing that my class sounds like a riot compared to the rest of the department. If anybody thinks they have any suggestions that might help, I would be very grateful.