Being a brand new sub, I got my first assignment yesterday, I filled in for a gr 7/8 teacher. I did his homeroom class in the morning (language arts, math & drama) and a gr 6/7 & 7/8 science class in the afternoon. The teacher left detailed lesson plans and it went quite well. I did not have any severe behaviours and most kids completed their work. However, the big challenge I found was noise levels - especially the gr 6/7 class who were loud enough to disturb their teacher next door (who was on prep time) - they were noisier than the last class who had just returned from a field trip to the chocolate factory! I flicked the lights (which worked), uses proximity control (which helped) and positiive reminders ('the noise level needs to come down', 'quiet' "some people are working quietly but I need everyone working quietly" ) in a firm but calm voice. I also was in motion the entire time & never sat down and spoke to individual groupings and students as well. However I found that they weren't terribly responsive to me. (They do listen better to their regular teachers.) I realize that I have a much better tolerance for noise than many teachers (having a son with severe autism and volunteering in a special ed class, I'm used to a lot of noise) but if the noise is loud enough to bother other classes, it's too loud. (I also think the teacher next door on prep time was embarassed, she reminded individual students that she had hears me using their names when the period ended.) How do you handle noisy classes?