Hello Everybody, I have started observing in the 1st grade class that I will be full time student teaching in (this spring). I have only spent a few days there, but I can already tell this class is out of control There are 30 students (which is so horribly big for 1st grade) and mostly boys. The biggest issues is that they NEVER listen or pay attention to the teacher. They are constantly talking to the person next to them, fooling around in their chairs, etc. At one point the teacher asked if I would like to read them a book, which I did, but no matter what I did I could never get them all to be quiet! I felt so helpless... like nothing I learned in school could help! Any advise for managing difficult 1st graders? Their teacher is a "screamer" which is just not me, and I don't see that as being very effective, anyway... Mainly, I'm looking for ways to get their attention when they're all seated on the carpet and I'm looking for a clear behavior/consequence/reward system. Thank you all you experienced teachers!!