Well, I'm not exactly new... I taught for a dozen years, then took off 10. Now I'm back. At my same school! It could easiyl be described as 'inner-city'. Most of the school (if not all) is on reduced or free meal programs (b'fast and lunch). I just started - middle school, reading language arts. I have 6 classes a day. The kids are nearly out-of-control! They will not stop talking. I do start with 5-7 minutes of 'silent reading' each class period. It takes some classes 5 minutes just to get quiet! One class in particular is really testing me! Any advice appreciated. Lunch is only 30 minutes long so lunch detention - while one option - is not that easy to do. There are 3 lunch periods and I teach during 2 of them so I don't even have a spot in my room. I called every parent in the class this past week... giving "good reports" to those who have been good and "poor reports" to those who have not. Among the obvious transition reasons, the class had been with a long-term sub since the 2nd month of school and with different subs before that. I'm not sure of the whole story. I'm pretty structured and the kids are rebelling. I can't even get them settled down enough to get our lesson in!