Having a very rough day. My confidence is wavering. I'm having quite a bit of trouble with one of my classes, and I feel like the progress I've made with my other classes is being overlooked. All others can see is that one class. I've tried many things that have been suggested, and they're not working for me. Part of it is their background vs. mine (at risk vs middle class), and I don't know how to talk stern like they're asking. I don't know how to break down those barriers. It also doesn't help that I was gone Tuesday for a family emergency, and I've had them for 3 days this week, 8 total days. This afternoon, I rearranged desks for the third time to a Fred Jones type set up. I've changed seating in the middle of class, tried rewards, taking things away, talking stern, etc. Nothing is working. I had a meeting, and it was suggested my delivery wasn't the way they needed it to be. So, to keep that class active, I tried making notecards with steps of the scientific method. Name a step, define in your own words, and draw a picture. They were even confused on that, even after I made an example on both the chart paper and the Elmo. The single most biggest issue is the talking, and I've narrowed it down to a handful. They are separated, but they talk loud enough for them to be heard around the corner. I tried calling parents the other day, and most of the numbers didn't work. I'll be calling more this weekend. It's frustrating because I can see the looks on the faces of those who want to learn, and those few who are so disruptive are taking that away from them. I'll take any advice at this point, and point out my flaws (just be gentle, I'm fragile at the moment). I want to get this under control now, while it's still early.