Today I was in a class where I've worked several times. In the beginning of the year, I wrote off their cluelessness to the fact that it was the beginning of the year and they're still learning how things work. Based on today, they seem to be getting worse, not better. The non-stop talking almost drove me to jump out the window! 22 seven-year-olds managed to sound like the entire student body! The only management system in place is names on the board and missing part of recess as a consequence. I asked them what their teacher does to get them to settle down and they told me she yells at them. Whenever a class tells me "our teacher yells at us" I know it's either an incorrigible group or that the teacher is missing something. Based on the reason for the teacher being out, I know she's a new teacher, so I wonder if her own classroom management couldn't use some tweaking. There is no ticket reward system and no clip or color chart so that the students know that they're doing the right thing or that they're skating on thin ice. The more I sub, the more I see how well those things work, and although I'm over subbing, I think the experience has really helped me formulate a plan for my own elusive classroom. I'm going back to this group the next two days and I'm trying to decide how to make my day reasonable. I thought of bringing in candy for rewards, but I don't want to pay for it AND I'm not sure of the school's policy, so I think I'll use stickers. I'm just not sure of hte best way to reward them. Do I do it by row so I'm not trying to find the one or two students who do what I ask? And how many times should I let them earn stickers? Any suggestions?