I am a first year teacher at a high school and I could use some advice. I teach 3 sections of Freshmen English and 3 sections of Senior English. I don't have any classroom management problems with my periods, except for my 6th period English class. Everyday I struggle with this period. They are beyond disrespectful! I try to start class, and this period decides it's OK to continue to talk over me. No matter how many times I ask students to raise their hand, they still continue to yell out answers. I can't have class discussions because they try to run the class. Over the weekend I assigned homework, which was an outline and a rough draft. Today three students came with completed work out of a class of 28. I'd say about half the class are the main trouble makers, but they get the other students to join in though. I've tried many different classroom management techniques, but nothing has seemed to work. I feel like I should almost treat them like elementary students and do some type of point chart, but I'm not sure how this will work in a high school. I also don't want the students who do want to learn to be punished all the time. Does anyone have any advice they can share? Maybe you have had a similar situation and you used a classroom management technique in your class I haven't thought of. Right now anything is better than what I'm doing!