I'll be starting a new position in a seventh grade classroom, and I am a bit nervous. Every teacher I talk to tells me that they would not want to teach 7th and that they are very difficult. My concern is that being a new teacher I don't have discipline mastered yet. I was thinking of doing some positive reinforcement in the classroom with tickets and a raffle system. However, after reading some of the posts on here I am concerned that it might not even work! I went into observe one particular class one day, and the teacher had to keep telling them to be quiet. I'll flip if I have to keep telling them. Whenever I have given the students a "talking to" it works for the rest of the day, but the next day it or day after it goes back to how it was. Any suggestions for what works for the 7th grade age group? Strict, talking to them like an adult, anything else????