Alright, so one of the major issues Sub's face is starting the class and gaining respect right from the bat. Now, personally, with most High School classes (and even many Middles), the classes start out chaotic, to the point that the students cannot hear me even with using a microphone to amplify my voice. This start is not my fault in any circumstance. The deal is that in my district, there is a 5-minute break between each classes, and each teacher lets the students "go wild" during this break - the students can be as loud as they want, there's really no big rules during this time. That's the foundation across the school system and I'm not the person who's going to change that by starting a School System Revolution. Now, as a Sub, I'm required to actually do "Hall Duty" during this break, I'm not even supposed to sit in the class the entire time, but I pop in and out anyway just to keep an eye on things. So when the bell rings, the students are still hollering to the top of their lungs and out of their seats. They tend to have the "get seated" thing down pat with little issue, but the extremely loud talking and refusal to calm down is the problem. I literally have to completely change the focus from free-reign break to all focus on the teacher. Now, anyone who says this isn't an issue, they either only teach AP and Honors classes (which usually become silent because these students tend to have very strict families), or they're lying. That's the deal. So how do you calm a class, when you're the Sub who's meeting the class for the first time, not knowing any names, and not knowing any signals or personality styles the real teacher uses to calm the class. What if this class responds to stern direction? What if it responds to happy kitties and beautiful butterflies? You just don't know. In my district, there's a big focus on 100% positivity and no negative or stern attitudes in the classroom, but watching other teachers, the teacher do have to get extremely stern to calm a class of 35, low-income family students whom half are failing the class and simply don't care. How am I expected to do any better. I've done silent gestures (holding my hand up and waiting for respect), calm warnings, trying to go around and calm the students down one-on-one, using bells, whistles, or ringers, counting down from one-two-three, and finally, if nothing works, I announce to the class that I'm writing up every student I see on the attendance list until I'm able to conduct class. What's your method? Is there really any truth to the whole "only positivity" method, or do you think that this is more of a method that is only effective once a teacher has a long-standing relationship with their class?