All I can say is that I am doing much MUCH better than last year in my classroom management. I can also say that I have good days and bad days, but mostly good days, though sometimes I forget them when I have my bad days. It would be nice to get rid of my bad days altogether or at least limit the emotional drop in my day to a dull pot-hole rather than a small ravine. I have some problems in my classroom I would like some ideas on. If anyone could give me some advice it would be amazing. 1. Students who get up to sharpen their pencil or get tissues talk with each other and interrupt instruction 2. Students spend way too long when they get up to sharpen their pencil or get a tissue. 3. Students blurt out questions (sometimes very random questions) at inappropriate times, like during my instruction. (for instance, a figure shows an orange or something in a physics demo, and they'll ask something inane like, why are they using an orange instead of an apple? or Oranges are nasty.) 4. There are a few students who I am sure are TRYING to throw the discussion off track, and I don't really know why the student(s) in question have a problem with me. One is way too smart for his own good, and will blurt statements that will get everyone off track. He is actually one problem in a period that has a myriad of other problems, a few of the most serious ones which I have already worked out mostly! 5. I will kind of go off track here to describe this one period. So in addition to really smart manipulative kid (manipulative of other students, though I think he tries to sometimes manipulate me - he doesn't succeed though), I have a kid that CANNOT stay in his seat, and he gets sent out of the room frequently for being out of his seat, being disruptive, etc. He can be a sweet kid if he thinks he's the teachers' pet, but if he receives a consequence for his action, his face becomes a sneer and he's convinced that you hate him no matter how you deliver the consequence. If he's had a bad day, anytime you call him out for his behavior he will defensively respond. I have another student that has disruption problems. He tries to be goofy and loves attention, and will disrupt the class because he wants to be funny. He sits near a kid that will disrupt the class if he can, but he is also very smart. This student has a huge sense of what's fair and what's unfair, and will be as sarcastic as he can possibly be. He's actually very similar to the really smart manipulative kid, but less effective, and he has a personal thing against me, because he thinks I am unfair. Unfortunately, life is sometimes unfair, and I can't always treat him the same way as I treat other students. He's stopped doing work, and sometimes sneakily vandalizes the classroom. There was another student who had really strong issues. He is probably mistreated at home so he doesn't trust adults much, and thinks that if you call him out on behavior that you have it in for him, and he will respond by acting out further. We had many problems in the beginning of the year, but I somehow built a strong relationship with him and things are going well so far. Of course he has bad days and good days. There are a bunch of students who are very low, have attention problems, some serious social problems, and the other half of the class is extremely intelligent, and very ahead. In fact it's my highest class. It really is a real mixed bag in this class, and there are so many problems that I sometimes find it hard to figure out where to start. Most of my issues in CM stem from this period.