I am currently a math teacher at a private tutoring center. One particular class (3rd grade) has been especially chaotic, and I am at a loss about what to do. There are a few things working against me: 1. There are too many kids in too small a space. There is no room for me to walk around to stay on top of the students. Also, since I am teaching math and need to write on the board, I am spending a lot of time with my back toward the class. 2. A lot of them don't care anyway, and some still fail to show up with notebooks or pens. 3. During class, if I am addressing student A, then student B and C are talking. When I turn my attention to B and C, then A starts talking with D .... You get the idea; the kids are getting away with too many things because I can't keep track of every one. I don't mind being mean. Rather, I am afraid that the kids know there isn't much I can do to them. (I can't hit them in America!) I spoke with several parents regarding their kids, but it doesn't feel particularly effective. The students regressed again after a while. Plus, do I really want to call up parents every week for something like this?