Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but I think I handled a situation correctly (or correct at the time) but I just wanted to get some other opinions. I teach history to 6 sections of 7th graders. Last week we were finishing a unit and had a day off on Wednesday because of weather. I wanted to finish the unit Thursday so that we could take a quiz on Friday before our Presidents Day vacation started. When we came back to school on Thursday I announced to all sections that we would be taking a quiz on Friday based on everything we had done so far, and proceeded to review the terms on our terms sheet. The students had the terms sheet out (16 terms in all) and the textbook open to the chapter. I was reviewing the terms, essentially going one by one down the terms list, and having students read the definition out of the book. As students found the definition, and wrote them on their terms sheets, I would give a little explanation of the term and the context it occurred in. One of my classes was being incredibly talkative (nothing new, but not helpful on a review day) and when I couldn't take it any more, I told them that their behavior showed me that they thought they didn't need a review and that they should put everything away and they would take the quiz that day. This was with about 10 minutes left, and when many complained I told them to do as best they could. Some began working slowly but surely (there were 25 m/c questions), some began working furiously, and some didn't do anything. At the end of class, I collected the quiz and asked them, if they didn't think my response to their behavior was fair, I told them all to come up with something that was fair. Either an explanation from the whole class, signed by everyone, or an individual explanation from everyone. It was due by the end of HR on Friday morning. Friday morning came and went and though some students came and sheepishly apologized, no one turned in a letter. When class came around I received a note from one student telling me that I was not doing my job. My job, it said, is to teach, and giving a quiz a day early is not teaching, it's just setting students up for failure. Another note came in signed by most of the class saying that though they may have been talking, I never told them to stop, all I did was stop talking, how were they to know they were supposed to stop? If I were more specific, it said, they would have gladly stopped talking. I felt that giving the quiz on Thursday was a legitimate response (and yes a little knee-jerk) but now I'm not so sure... What ended up doing was making a new quiz. When asked about the quiz they took on Thursday, I said I had checked it, saw that many people weren't ready and would be counting it along with the new quiz and averaging them together. I've had problems with this class before and am really trying to stop the problems, not cause more. Wait time just doesn't seem to work, as they would talk forever if I were to wait for them. I don't always "teach" we also do projects and cooperative learning. I know that this age is tough, but this takes the cake. Could anyone share their thoughts. When it comes to my classroom management, I'm pretty sure I have support from admin, but not so sure that all parents are on board. Thank you if you've read this far, and if you have any jewels of wisdom, I'd appreciate any.