I'm a new teacher, teaching 6th grade. I've been on the job for 4 "official" days now and I've found that one of my classes is insane. I have my expectations, rules, and consequences clearly on the board for everyone to see. However, it feels, especially today, that I had to stop what I was doing because there was too much talking when I'm trying to teach. Yesterday wasn't perfect but it wasn't too bad, today was like the invasion of the body snatchers. I've spoken to my principal after school to see if he, the VP's, or my mentor would pop in to just check in now and then to see how things are going. We got to where we needed to be by the end of class but it took nearly twice as long. Admittedly, I'm worried about how this makes me look as a teacher, my other classes, while not perfect, generally get along quite well. I've taken the appropriate actions in terms of discipline but I'm not sure what to do next. The problem isn't physical, it's verbal. I allow the kids time after instruction to collaborate and work together and I'm worried that may be the problem. They're just coming back from lunch and while I don't want to have to do silent lunch I don't see any other methods to keep the peace. I'm currently doing research into alternate forms of management. The other teachers I work with have reassured me that days like that happen, but really it doesn't make me feel all that better. Does anyone have a strategy or advice for getting through something like this without seemingly constant redirection? Thanks P.S. my internship took place during covid so my classes were half to a quarter of what I'm working with now. While that's not a problem the management I was learning and used was easier because there were fewer kids to work with. Also, I know and acknowledge that the first week is chaos, however, I don't want to be in a situation where I can't reel them back in and keep them in control.