This is my first year teaching and boy do I have a handful!! The biggest problem I am having is keeping my kids quiet while I am trying to teach! When I am introducing a new idea or a new letter I understand and don't have a problem with their enthusiasm and excitement!! I start getting frustrated when I begin explaining/showing them what to do. It's during those routine times, giving directions, sharing, etc. that it really bothers me. It doesn't matter the length of the lesson, it could be opening, a story, math, reading, etc. They constantly interrupt me, have side conversations, and play around with the kids near them. At least once a week I have to have a talk with them about how their interrupting is disrespectful to me, other teachers, and each other. I have tried enforcing consequences to individuals, I have tried enforcing consequences to the whole group...nothing seems to phase them. I have also tried some positive reenforcement but need some more ideas. If you have anything that may help, please let me know...Thanks a bunch!!