Hi All! I just went back to teaching after 10 years in a completely different field and have been substitute teaching. Until now I have been taking day-to-day assignments with the longest being 3 days. Today I started an open-ended long-term assignment teaching 8th grade US History and it was extremely hard. The students I took over have been in limbo because their permanent teacher quit at the end of the last semester and they have had another sub in the classroom for the last month. Now I'm coming in as their third teacher for the year and understandably so, they are frustrated. However; their behavior today was not justified, regardless of the circumstances. As soon as the students walked in they were talking very loudly and all my attempts to get them to focus were ignored. There were a handful of students who were on task and wanted to participate and learn, but for the most part out of a class of 26, 15 of the students continued to be disruptive and many of them talked back and asked questions like, "why do I have to do this?". There were students out of their seats and I had to repeatedly tell them to sit down. There were also male students who kept flinging rubber bands across the room and I had to confiscate many of them from a number of the male students. This continued throughout the day with every class that came in. I felt like no matter what I did or said, I could not get control of the class and I left feeling absolutely dejected and ineffective. Has anyone encountered anything like this where the students absolutely refused to listen or cooperate and how did you handle the situation?