In my previous life, I taught high school. This is my first year teaching junior high, and I almost feel like I'm starting all over again! I'm not a push-over teacher by any means, but I'm not getting through to a couple of my more squirrely classes. So far I have... Made calls home. Made THEM call home Student conferences Lunch detention allow for group work allow for talking time (on topic) have activities with movement make them line up at the door bell ringer activity Basically, everything I can think of, but still, they interupt, laugh at EVERYTHING, and in general, are driving me crazy. I know part of it is the age, but I also know the more seasoned Jr. High teachers here aren't having the same kinds of issues. What am I missing?