I just took on an LTS for a teacher who will be gone until the end of the year. In the week that I've been there, they started off with a really bad day, then got it together and had a great day and then sank down again with their worst day yet. I use the classroom management system they've had in place since the beginning of the year - clip chart and table points. I've added an extra incentive to kids who clip higher than the top level of the chart. There is an adjustment period. I get that. I'm learning names, so that's definitely helping. I'm seeing who the repeat offenders are, but there are quite a few of them. One wanders and does nothing at all unless I stand over her. She is perfectly capable of doing the work. She just doesn't want to. She won't even participate in PE games. One hums, talks, stretches all over his desk and just can't keep control of himself. At one point I took away his chair, thinking that maybe standing at his desk might be more comfortable for him than having to sit, but he still proceeded to bother everyone around him. One talks back. One is fascinated by the computers and constantly asks me if he can use them. Even as I'm explaining a lesson, he'll raise his hand and ask to use the computer. Before he finishes his work, he asks to go use the computer. As soon as I walk the room to help other students, he heads to the computers to stare at them. One is already on an IEP and has several pullouts. She also has physical disabilities. When she's in the classroom, she does very little unless I'm standing with her. What she does do is report to me on what everyone else is doing. Her mother came in to talk to me on my first day with the class and wanted to know how she was doing. I told her we had some attention issues. The mother said that was not unusual. A few days later, she approached me again to tell me I didn't send homework home. They get a packet for the week on Monday. When she looked through the girl's backpack while we were talking, the homework was right there. Its too early for me to tell if the mom is "with it" or not, but I get the feeling this child might end up needing a lot of attention from me. Since they're first graders, the tattling is a regular and constant battle. Their teacher has folded that into her clip system and tattling is on the list of things they clip down for. I can't say how much I LOVE that! This is a really good class when they want to be. I can see that. Right now they're just playing games and seeing how far they can push me. There's no possible way I can do things exactly the way they're used to. Instilling my own systems is not easy either. Right now my main challenge is getting the noise level down when I'm trying to teach. Second will be getting my wanderers to sit still. Any tricks for taking over a class mid-year?