I am already turning into the teacher i never wanted to be, I have the most chatty class ever and nothing I do seems to work, silent simon says, one two three look at me, marble jar, pulling clips, nothing. Everything I do works for less than a minute and the behaviors(talking and playing) reoccurs. It is my first year teaching and I wonder if I can make it. My patience is so far gone by 1 oclock and my students know it(which i know they are feeding of off that). Does anyone have any advice to keep cool and collected? I am always fussing and it does not even faze them. I also wanted to see how many you all have been given a difficult class to deal with your first year? I have 21 students. Seven of my student have little to no self control, one has stolen from me twice, three others have the maturity of a 4 year old, 1 adhd, and the rest feed off of others misbehavior... I don't know, I am just so down and distraught about this whole thing. I have always wanted to be a teacher and I am going to stick it through this year, I just don't want to fail my kids or my school and I feel that if I don't get their talking and playing under control I may not be able to be successful in teaching them anything. Sorry about the long post...I just need to vent and hope for some good advice on how to keep my cool and maybe some listening activities for my class.