Feeling pathetic! I've been teaching for years, had vertical tutor groups and numerous different year groups, inc year 11 last year. The odd glitch, but mostly okay. New year 10 group, lots of chatty, arrogant boys (and really really quiet girls) Talk all the time then say I'm picking on them. I set detentions, they miss them, or come and promise they'll be better then aren't. They sit in the wrong seat then have to be told 5 times to move, throw things, refuse to turn around, argue with the most basic instructions, etc. there are some lovely kids in the group and I feel like I never get chance to support them because I'm always dealing with poor behaviour. i've tried being really strict with waiting for silence and sanctioning those who are holding things up. Have tried being really positive. Tried doing lots of group discussion things so I can 'divide and conquer'. but really feel like I am doing the opposite of conquering! Please forgive the rant/moan - and if you have pearls of wisdom for someone losing perspective and the will to persevere, please share!