Hello everyone, I am in my first year teaching 6th grade and 8th grade Language Arts. I student taught in a high school so I expected the transition to middle school to be rough...well, the 8th graders are doing fine, but I REALLY struggle with the 6th graders. Classroom management and behavior is a major issue...talking, fidgeting, singing and other distractions are making the class an uphill battle for me. The thing is, I think it is because I'm not structuring the lessons well for these younger kids! They write in a workshop twice a week, and those tend to be the best days because kids can move around and work at their own pace. But I just don't know what to DO to make reading, vocabulary, and grammar lessons work out for them...Can anyone give me good suggestions of things to try? Before I go INSANE?!?! Thank you !!!