I need help! Help me, please! I need to turn some first graders around soon, and I mean very soon! Let me explain my situation. I started to work at elementary school three weeks ago. The school happened to hire an interim who did a terrible job. She didn't have lesson plans and just "winged it." They let her go as of last Friday. They stuck me in the classroom: a class that is full of average to difficult children. I have one or two ESE children and a few ESOL students as well. The ESE student interrupts all the time. He and I worked out a deal: he has poker chips (4 a day) to cash in to me to bother me for something. The problem is that this week was our first week of school and next week we will start doing guided reading, science, and everything else and I don't think they're ready for it yet. I have put my foot down and pulled warning signs all day long for two days and will continue to do it. I have arranged desks 2-3 times so the personalities will be compatible. I will be the interim for this class until the middle of the school year - December. I need to turn this class around so they all can listen at the same time and do good in school. Any suggestions?