Hi, I'm wondering how different teachers handle this situation. I'm not a fan of punishing the whole class when there are a few who won't stop talking, getting out of seat etc... When it's a select few, that I can pinpoint it's easy to correct them offer consequences and pull the aside to have a one on one. What is the best course when it's the reverse, when there are only 1-3 who are behaving well and the others are consistent disrupting? I have a class on 16 7th graders, and only 2-3 are well behaved and participate. The others are chatty, sarcastic, and disruptive. It's difficult to pinpoint each kid as they do it, because they feed off one another. It's only the first week of school, and I can tell this section will bring me the most grief. I've made a seating chart as best I can for now (still remembering names and who's friends with who). And I plan on having mostly independent work, because the two times I've tried direct instruction with them, it went downhill fast. My question is, how do I not punish the students who want to be here and control the disruptive ones at the same time? Would it be wrong to get the 2-3 well behaved students in a group and do small direct instruction while the others work through a guided packet that covers the same material? Or is there a better way? What would you do?