I had a very rough day with my difficult class on Friday. Their behavior had honestly been getting better and it has been more manageable. They've done the Do Now silently and we've generally made it through the lessons. We haven't lost a day of instruction due to behavior since September and the pacing has been on track with my other classes. The previous week with them was really good because I had absent kids, but this week has been rough. -Since testing is coming up, the other math teacher showed me how she uses the Do Now time to teach some of the content in our next unit that we won't get to teach before testing. This means that the Do Now is guided by the teacher and is a "mini-lesson." I tried that with this class and it was a disaster. The kids wouldn't stop talking and it took time to settle them in. The Do Now is a time when the kids sharpen pencils, etc. so this strategy probably won't work for them. I think I have to continue doing silent review Do Nows. -During instruction, my SmartBoard was having issues. I made a powerpoint and as soon as I wrote on it, the screen changed. It has happened for TWO days and only with my bad class. This caused a lot of disruptions to the lesson and the kids couldn't handle it. -The kids wouldn't stop talking. I told them that if it continued, classwork was silent, but then I realized that they wouldn't know how to do it anyways lol. -Kids constantly asking to go to the bathroom. I just said no and we have to wait. I let one kid go and one girl wouldn't stop complaining. I wish I was allowed to give the kids bathroom tickets. One girl just chose to walk out of the room. -After about 25 minutes, I was done and I said they get no more chances. One girl chose to start talking (as she has done the whole lesson and I called admin to take her. When the VP came, I told her that many kids are having difficulty meeting any expectation today and she stayed until the end of class. She also went to the girl who I called her for and noticed that this girl spent the entire period poking holes in other students' papers. The VP yelled at her especially when she complained that she didn't understand the lesson. -Since the VP was there, I finished the lesson. I just projected the worksheet using the document camera (which I should have done in the first place) since the SmartBoard wasn't working. I won't see the kids until Wednesday due to testing, but I will see them on a 1/2 day and at the end of the day, so I know the behavior will be bad. I'm thinking of instituting a policy of "one warning, a consequence (detention or phone call home), and I will call the office if they still can't behave afterwards." I have about 5 very difficult students in this class that will continue talking even if I redirect them. My VP wasn't mad that I called the office and said that I was just trying to do my job and today was a rough day for behavior since testing was coming up. I have had to call the office on them 3 times this week: once to take someone's phone (refused to give it to me), once for defiant behavior, and yesterday. It is ridiculous. Thoughts?