Since Christmas I've been teaching a Y9 set 2 class that I took over in less than ideal circumstances. The kids weren't prepared for the move - they were only told on the first morning back, and or my class this meant that I was faced with kids who fifteen minutes before had no idea that they were going to change groups or teachers. I also have a few students who have been moved from set 1, and they're really not happy about it. I've worked out that part of the problem is that I'm trying to make them (shock horror!) think - I nearly had open mutiny the week before last because I expected them to draw on their own experience and come up with their own ideas! From what I've seen in their books from last term, they did a lot of copying and gap-fill - I thought at first glance they had done some language analysis (I teach English) but on reading their essays I found that they were all exactly the same. Anyway, I'm dealing with this in my planning now, but that aside, I'm having a particular prblem with three girls who seem to think they can talk over me, answer back and make offensive personal comments - and who then meet my sanctions with righteous indignation that causes great hilarity amongst the rest of the students. But one girl has emerged even from this as beyond rude. On Friday, after giving one warning for chatting I sent this girl out because she continued regardless. Unfortunately, the only teacher who could take her was the teacher who had the class last term, but I tried to make the best of it by thinking that he could lay on the 'I'm very disappointed in you' and make her feel some sort of guilt. Anyway, after sending out the other two girls who were pushing the boundaries -again for chatting - the rest of the class settled and we had a pretty good lesson - certainly the best I've had with them so far. But about five minutes from the end of the lesson the first girl came back in, stating loudly how great it was in Mr X's classroom, how well she'd worked, how he had a right laugh with his class, etc. I called her over and explained that I was going to issue a detention to make up for the lost lesson and contact her parents. Her response was first to accuse me of picking on her, then to make silly personal comments about me before turning to the rest of the class and shouting "Put your hand up if you don't want to be in here with her!" No one responded at first so she shouted it again and a few students cheered and put their hands up, and she laughed and walked off. I managed to tell her Head of House at the start of the next lesson and ring her mum after school (she promised me an apology on Monday), but as I'm not 100% confident that the matter will be dealt with as effectively as I'd like (things tend to be forgotten or pushed aside by fresh crises) I'd appreciate some ideas as to what action to take myself. I would like to get this girl out for a few lessons to give me the space to build relationships with the rest of the class, as I started to do in this case, but this is something that (at first) would just make her happy. I'd definitely do it if I knew that whoever I sent her to would make it a miserable experience, and if I knew she'd come back to find a settled and more contented class, but neither of these are guaranteed. I need something really that will make her realise that being in my class and shutting the hell up may not be her ideal choice but it's the best of a bad bunch.