This is my first year teaching, and my subbing experience was largely with high school juniors. So 8th grade has been quite the ride these first four and a half weeks. And here we are, darn near through the first six weeks, and I'm still having unbelievable difficulties with the talking. This is really the only behavior issue I'm having. I don't have any students who are openly defiant, and the students are participating. However, they talk over one another, and they talk over me. And I'm exhausted after just my first hour-and-fifteen-minute block, and still have the whole rest of the day to get through! These students are really good students, they just can't seem to get the talking under control. And my principal has noticed since day one. She even left some notices about classroom management seminars in my box today that I'm pretty sure no one else, at least in my department, received. And I'm really starting to feel like a failure because it seems like every conversation I have with anyone at school is about how the management is going. I hate living in survival mode, and last year when I was doing a LS assignment, I thoroughly enjoyed waking up every day. Now I dread going in to work. I've tried lunch detention after a warning. They received "get out of lunch detention free" tickets when they entered the room, if I took it up, that was their warning. If they chose to continue the behavior, they received lunch detention. These students don't seem deterred by lunch detention, the same ones keep getting it and don't seem to care. So last week, my co-teacher brought in some candy, and we handed it out to students on task. Worked for a while, but as we started handing it out, the candy became a disruption. It did work well for getting more participation with one of my classes, though. Today, I introduced a "Lunch and a Movie" reward, where students sign up for the drawing if they believe they have been a model student. I also have tickets to give to students asking them to sign up, and I reserve the right to remove anyone from the list if their behavior takes a turn for the worse. Everyone seemed excited about it, but then apparently forgot about it once the lessons began, and no matter how much I reminded them about it, the talking continued. I'm sorry this has turned into an essay, and if you've made it this far, bless you! Ultimately, I would just love some suggestions for dealing with talkative middle schoolers, things you've had work for you that I could implement with relative ease nearly five weeks into school. Thank you so much!