Hello, all! I am finally entering the third trimester of my first year of teaching! Overall, I have learned a lot so far and have been enjoying myself, but I know I need to toughen up and rethink some of my policies and procedures. I had one class in particular during this last trimester that drove me nuts- they were all freshmen and I had 36 of them. They were all great kids on their own, but were simply too chatty as a group. Once they entered my room before class (6 minute passing time), they would walk around, socialize, and just generally make it difficult to establish a learning atmosphere once the bell would actually ring. Is it completely ridiculous to make a rule that students MUST find their seats and begin working as soon as they enter the room (even if there are 2 minutes remaining of passing time?). I am considering telling students that they are not to enter the room before the bell rings if they are not prepared to sit down immediately and work. What do you think? Is this unreasonable/difficult to enforce? Does anyone have a similar policy or a different approach? Thanks!