Stop negative behavior in your classroom before it starts by reinforcing your expectations and recognizing positive student behaviors. With two simple tools, I successfully managed student behavior at the secondary level. A ticket system and "shout outs" are little to no cost, require little work for you as the teacher, and will encourage on task, positive behavior from your middle school and high school students.
10 Ways to Sabotage Your Classroom Managment: If you are having classroom management problems, take a look at this article, which explains what NOT to do, and the more effective practices you should try instead.
Teaching is a mostly rewarding always exhausting career. I hope my Classroom Management Product “Don’t Be a Duck” enables you to enjoy more of the rewards of this often unsung profession. Believe it or not, middle school students respond well to being quacked at. Tell them “Sit down,” and they’ll keep coming at you. Quack at them, and they’ll freeze. I don’t know why it works; it just does.
Are you a middle school or elementary teacher who is frustrated by lines of students wanting your attention? You are going to want to check out this post containing an easy strategy that both you AND your substitute teachers will love!