I just started my 4th week as a 7th grade social studies teacher and the behavior in the classroom is a disaster. I'm starting to feel a little panicky about it and I'm desperately seeking advice. I feel like I'm a failure for not being able to handle the kids like my vet teacher coparts. This relates mainly to 2 of my classes, though there is some minor problems in my others. Some common problems: 1. Getting out their seats (we're in a very tight room so this causes more problems) 2. Calling out (echoes in the room which makes sound even worse) 3. Talking at inappropriate times (bell work, while I'm talking, any time they feel like) 4. Inappropriate behavior (creating a scene for attention, laughing/screaming to make a scene, getting out of their seats and sitting on the floor, bullying other kids at lockers, taking forever to go to their lockers or order lunch, touching other students) <---- This behavior is targeted to a few students but it's spreading as other students are copying them. I've tried an incentive program. Pulling kids aside to talk to them. Signal and gestures. Quietly tapping their desks to get them on task. Changing seats. Reorganizing the lessons. I've asked for help from some of the vets and I was told those kids are just like that and they never have any problems which isn't very helpful. Some people have told me to use positive reinforcement as some of these kids don't take to certain kids of consequences, but that isn't working either. What is compounding the problem is that their lockers are on another floor so I can't watch what they are up to or monitor their behavior. I think it sets the tone for the entire day. I'm at a loss and don't know what to do. I keep trying to tell myself I'm still learning and that's okay, but we're having massive loss in instructional time. Part of the problem with one of the classes is that I haven't been able to build rapport somehow, but the extreme behavior is with a class I thought I did have rapport with (my homeroom). I need to start to fix it now or else we're all going to have a miserable year and the students won't get the education they deserve. Suggestions?