I teach first grade and they've always been a tough class but lately they are getting worse. I know they say that you lose them a little after spring break but they way my kids respond to me standing at the front of the class to get their attention, I may as well be running an all day play care center. My normal tactics of ringing a bell= stop what your doing put your hands on your head and give me your undivided attention has turned into my ringing the bell 3 to 5 times to have a few people put their hands on their heads but they keep doing what they're doing and/or keep talking to their buddies. 123/eyes on me has turned into 1-2 eyes on you with MAYBE one pair of eyes on me. consequence charts? ha! oh, and let's not even talk about being quiet to line up, or knowing what a line should look like. I'm writing this right now through swollen sleepy eyes b/c i'm absolutely exhausted when I get home... I drink to relax and then wake up around 4 in the morning to obsess about this problem. I've found myself counting down til the end of the year. Yesterday I woke up and thought, "Tuesday? There's nothing good about Tuesday." At least there are only 2 days left after a Wednesday. I did not used to be this way. I'd brag to my friends about how much I love my job... not anymore. Please give me some ideas on how to take back the control. Thank you.