Hello all, I'm new to the forums and I am desperately seeking help with respect to classroom management. I work as a paraprofessional at a K-8 charter school in Cleveland, OH. The Friday before kids came back, the principal pulled me into her office, explained that the language arts teacher had quit, and that I was to be his replacement. I do have a sub license, which I attained in order to work as a tutor, but I have no formal classroom experience. The kids I teach are 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th. Today we are in the third week of instruction. Here's where it gets interesting. My kids are incredibly ill-behaved, disrespectful, rude... the list goes on. Here are some of the things that I have to deal with on a daily basis: 1) Blatant, out and out defiance. Refusal to listen to commands by the teacher. 2) Fights, physical and verbal. 3) Getting out of the seats and floating around the room. 4) Rude, disrespectful behavior, including insults directed at myself or other students. 5) Accessing inappropriate and unrelated websites when assigned to do work on the computer. 6) Volume. Students refuse to stop speaking while I am speaking. Volume escalates to the point where yelling at 75% my capacity just so I have a forum with which to communicate commands to the classroom has no effect on students, as they are talking so loudly that they cannot hear me. 7) Refusal to sit at the desk and face forward. 8) Refusal to participate in classroom activities, including quizzes, direct instruction, quizzes, and formal testing. 9) Refusal to relocate to another desk for disrupting classroom activities. 10) Students leaving the room without permission. 11) Refusal to adhere to school uniform policy. Refusal to take off hoodies/silly bands/stop making tattoos on themselves when instructed to do so. 12) Bringing food/gum into the classroom, refusal to put/throw it away when instructed. In a nutshell, the kids have learned that they can get away with murder. We have no formal school-wide discipline policy. Specifically, there is absolutely no consistency with respect to what behaviors we punish. It seems as if we only punish those students that we feel will not cut and run, leaving us with one less student in the seats, which makes our jobs more likely to be cut. In fact, we don't have the ability to give detentions, suspensions, or any type of formal discipline outside of the classroom. I can't even give a lunch detention if I want to. Everyone at our school seems to have accepted this lazy mentality that basically dictates "you can't control it, just babysit and take your paycheck", which I absolutely refuse to do. Perhaps I am naive. Which brings me to why I am here. I need help controlling these kids. I have tried positive redirection, I have tried being firm and strict (I've been furious at times, particularly when there is a fight/argument and my attempts at intervention result in no behavioral change), I have tried instituting punishments (ie, having to write the story we are studying word for word). Nothing works. The kids have zero interest in learning or doing work, and there simply are no ramifications for not completing it. What are some ideas that I can attempt to implement to keep these kids in line! PLEASE HELP!