Hi All, I just recently joined this site and find it fantastic. I read posts all the time to get ideas because I am a student teacher in the 6th grade which in this particular school is still considered elementary. I have the class all to myself for the last hour and a half each day. I am a very passive person and find it hard to discipline but these kids are walking all over me. I was trying to teach Social Studies today and I couldn't hear the answers to my questions because everyone was talking. There was a boy in the class that repeatedly threw his pen up in the air and then catch it. I asked him to quit and pointed out that I knew he would not have done something like that if his teacher was in the room. I don't know what to do? Everything I ask of them does not seem to phase them. Please help, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!