Hello there, I'm new to the forums so please go easy on me if I've posted this in the wrong place! I'm a British EFL teacher in a primary school in Shanghai and am looking for some strategies to help manage one of my classes. To give you a bit of background, I'm in my early thirties, I taught in a UK primary school for 4 years (including a GTP year), and have come out to China for a year with my OH who has been relocated over here with work. In the UK I would say my behaviour management was reasonable. In China, I teach 20 different classes and see them once or twice a week, and 19 out of 20 of them are great, but there's one class (9-10 year olds) that are a bit of a nightmare. The school says they are difficult. However they are particularly difficult with me! The problem is low level disruption from about 10 of the 40(!) students to the extent that as a whole they are extremely difficult to teach. Calling out to each other across the room (in Chinese), talking, making raspberry noises while I'm looking away.... My Chinese is quite limited, I'm not supposed to be talking to them in Chinese at all anyway, but they are a very low ability class and thus their English is very weak. That doesn't excuse their behaviour though. My other classes of similar age and ability cover twice as much in a lesson. All in all it is very difficult to maitain a reasonable level of order! I was therefore wondering if anyone has any good non-verbal strategies that I could try? Other than speak to the Chinese staff to ask about a behaviour policy, which was not forthcoming, here are some strategies I'm using: Quick fire instructions (stand up, touch your head, clap your hands...) to distract them from the misbehaviour. I think this is OK once in a lesson but is a bit repetitive/babyish to use too much. Counting down and they have to be looking at me when I get to 1 - seems to get them quiet for a moment, but then they get distracted again. Little gestures to individuals like an Austin Powers style 'I'm looking at you' or a 'zippit'. Tiny penny sweets for the students who have behaved well at the end of the lesson - the other students aren't happy not to get one but they still muck around and don't earn their sweet the following lesson! Sitting down and waiting - this does get them very quiet for a few moments but then they kick off again. I absolutely refuse to talk over them, but it results in a very disjointed lesson. Anyway, I'm sorry I've rambled on. Any help gratefully received.