Hey everyone yesterday was my first day as a teacher , I have practice teaching this semester , I was really excited , I watched "dead poets society " believing that I'll be Mr.Keating , and that i will inspire my students we were asked to observe the teachers the first two weeks , then start teaching "middle school" . The students were good , but really rude , they were laughing at the teacher , making fun of her . the other two teachers controlled the class pretty good. Today , the history teacher was absent , so the principal told us (my friend and I ) to take over the class , and make sure they keep their voices down , we said hi , they were smiling and laughing , and talking , just a noisy class . I said , please girls be quiet , i mean you can chat , but quietly . they kept talking . the principal came in and said : keep your voices down , we have guests , miss Sara will write down the names of those who are talking loudly , and they will be punished . she went out , and as if nothing has been said , they started talking and smiling at me . I started gazing , it didn't work either , then i said ; look , i can write down your names and give it to the principal , i can shout , but i don't want to do that , i was a student once , and i hated that , all what i wanted was some respect , and i'm giving you that by asking you nicely to be quiet and you just keep talking. They stopped talking for like 3 minutes , then they started talking again , then one teacher took them to the library (thank god ) , they borrowed nothing BTW. Another teacher was absent , its a different class , we were three , we tried to talk to them , we asked them about a popular tv program here that was shot in Japan to show us (Arabs) why Japan is the world's second largest economy ? one girl said ; we hate that show , we know that Japanese are better and smarter than us , just let me chat with my friend . we talked about English , and its ok to make mistakes , its not your mother tongue etc . They were bored , i said o.k what do you want to discuss ? they said ; TV series . I said o.k , unfortunately , they watch the most stupid Arabic and Turkish series . Just one girl has a taste she likes (house m.d ):wub: , but the principal warned us , she said you can't talk to them about movies and music and soccer , its forbidden .:huh: I don't know what to do , almost everyday one teacher is absent , and i'm stuck with them , i'll teach them later , so i don't know what to do , i want to be strict , i want them to respect me , but i don't know how , i don't believe in gazing and shouting and frown face , i believe in smiling , inspiring , but nothing seems to work out with such teenagers . I just want the A+ so bad , i'm not considering teaching as a job , not that i hate teaching but i know the atmosphere here , i can't stand the stupid rules of schools and the many narrow minded people who dominate the schools, besides i'm not that great as a an English teacher. Sorry for bothering you with the details , but i'm desperate:help: Thanks .