I'm an NQT. My class is lovely and I have been repeatedly told by other teachers how lucky I am because of how nice they are, although a couple acknowledged the children could be slightly chatty. Well. I am really struggling with the chatter. I get their attention with two hand claps and then my hand up, which usually works well. Then I give an instruction, and they cannot do it quietly! They will burst into chatter. So I clap my hands to stop them, and remind them that they should follow instructions quietly. This sometimes works momentarily, but the chatter always builds up again. I want to be able to give an instruction, they do it, and then be able to give further instructions without having to get their attention again and again and again. Something as simple as 'write the date and title and underline'. I have tried singling out children that I spot talking, I follow the school behaviour policy which is names on board followed by ticks, which mean the chn miss some break time. I use table points and give lots of praise to the quietest tables. But today, I gave out about 50 table points just trying to praise the quiet tables! It's constant. What on earth am I doing wrong? I was praised for my behaviour management in my latter two placements, but I realise now that the children were simply well trained by their teacher! It wasn't anything to do with me. Is there a trick I'm missing that will stop them talking? I'm sick of constantly having to get their attention to give out simple instructions.