Hi all, I have a very difficult 5th period Biology class. All students are English learners ranging from 9-12 grade. Some are repeating students older than 18. So far, my way of dealing with chronically disruptive students has been to kick them out of the class. They wander around campus a bit, get picked up by security, and are channeled into a holding tank/classroom for the remainder of the period. I realize that this is an unproductive/somewhat illegal strategy, but no one ever took the time to explain how, exactly, I should discipline this very unruly class, and what recourse I have when students get out of control. Amazingly, after a two-hour meeting today with administrators, I am still unclear as to how I should proceed tomorrow. The basic gist of the meeting was that I need to keep the kids inside the classroom, deal with the behavior firmly, and get the students engaged by modifiying/simplifying the class content. Easy, right?! Here's where I need your input. I am looking for specific strategies to deal with the following disruptive behaviors: - Continuing to talk after they have been asked to stop - Not starting bell work - Talking and laughing while I am talking - Leaving seat and wandering around the room - Calling out rude and sarcastic comments The advice of my administrators was somewhat amorphous - for example, using body language that projects confidence and non-nonsense discipline. Any idea what kind of specific gestures/body language might work? Thanks for your input. There are some very bright kids in this class, and I want very much to get things under control so that they can learn.