What procedures do you use for students who need to get out of their seat? This was never something that I thought I would need but my difficult class has gone better since I told them that they cannot throw anything away during class. I have boys who like to crumple paper, etc. and then get out of their seat to throw it away. It was getting ridiculous...every time I stopped teaching to pass out papers, 3 boys would get up to throw something out. I also make them raise their pencil if they want to sharpen it and I give them permission; and they are only allowed to use the electric one if I am not teaching. They don't have to ask to get out of their seat for a tissue (and it is not a problem...yet). I am thinking of implementing this same procedure in my other two classes. The behavior is not as bad but it is getting slightly worse. Does this procedure seem fair/reasonable or too strict for all of my classes? I am also wondering how people handle arguing. In my high class, some behaviors have started to show because of two students. One of them is obnoxious and I know it is because the kids are higher so they like to argue every.little.thing. For example, I don't answer questions about tests (points, etc.) during class because that would take too long. I told them that they need to write me a note and turn their test in or ask me after class. I have one student who continues to argue and won't let it go until I shut it down. However, even 15 minutes of this exchange causes the class to laugh, etc. and then we get unfocused. The same student today needed something taken away because he was passing it to another student and he raised his hand to ask for it back. Again, this takes away from the class because they all laugh. I have another student who similarly argues (other teachers told me that he argues as well). Today, he was mad that I let someone go to the bathroom before him and I told him that I do not argue in class. I called his father to inform him of this + his behavior but I'm wondering how I can "refocus" this class. I think I need to be more strict with them! This class is so easy + fun to teach but I'm not happy with the recent behavior.