I'm currently pre-student teaching and started a novel unit about 3 weeks ago. Despite the usual problems a lot student teachers run into, including myself, I thought my unit was going well. This was even after I had a whole other unit well planned out and ultimately denied after being strung along for 3 weeks by the admin and then having to scrape this current unit together in about a week. This past week has been disastrous and the students won't listen. This is a 9th grade ELA classroom. The students were all over the room today. They started their journal entries late, were rude to peers during presentations, and I discovered during the group reading questions that most students did not read over the weekend. Students were distracting their peers, not helping within groups, and some were wandering around the room! Despite my best efforts, my co-op had to send everyone back to their seats today and ended my activity. I was completely embarrassed. This past week I've felt that I'm struggling with classroom management and it's not just because of the upcoming holiday. The students have been unruly since last week, but I've been able to reel them back in every day but today. The worst part is that I only have 45 minutes to teach this class and every minute counts. I felt my time was sucked up disciplining this week instead of teaching. I sat down with my co-op after this fiasco and we agreed that what was working before isn't working now. They said that I need to seriously revamp all my upcoming lessons because they're structured similarly to how things were supposed to go today. My co-op expressed concerns that the students aren't reading and that they fear the students are no longer grasping the material. I drove home in tears after the whole thing and I'm seriously at a loss right now. I could really use some advice on classroom management skills or structuring lessons for a short class period.