I'm a new middle school math teacher, and although my classes are going fairly well and my kids seem to be learning, I'm still working on classroom management. My kids are hard to keep quiet, and I feel like part of the problem is that my classes are dull. I can think of fun activities to do, but whenever I use them, they take up so much time that I can't fit the curriculum in! Here's my routine: when the kids come in, they have warm-ups to do for about 10 - 15 minutes, while I check their homework. Then we go over the homework, which can take anywhere from 10 - 20 minutes, or even more if they had a lot of problems. My periods are 50 minutes long, so that should leave about 20 minutes for the lesson. And there's a lesson every day; I'm in a high-achieving district so it's a very full curriculum - new material almost every day. Whenever I try a more interesting activity, it takes so long that they don't learn what they need to. I use games and such when I'm doing a review (no new material), but when I do it seems like I'm lucky if I get 10 - 15 questions done. Whereas if I have them work on a practice test, they get a whole lot more done. I welcome any suggestions!