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    By Jennifer

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    HI! My suggestion to you is to be MEAN!!! I know it doesn't sound all that great, but I know that I start my day off being pretty mean and then by the end of the day, I can relax and have a good time with the kids. Start off by telling them from the time the bell rings that you expect them to behave and follow the rules, just as they would if their teacher were there. I'd also take away lunch, recess, or other fun things if they continue to talk after you pull their card. I give one warning and then I pull the card or do whatever other technique the teacher has. Also, during work time I will sit next to the child who is causing trouble if need be. This usually straightens them right up. If you use things like candy or stickers as a reward for the class at the end of the day, do not give anything to the child that caused any trouble. All I can say is act like you think their teacher would. Act appalled and tell them how disappointed you are about the way they are acting. I know this may not help much, but just be as mean as you possibly can. Who cares if they whine and complain about it??!! You're there to teach and they're there to learn! Anyway, I have had lots of compliments from other teachers and principals about how well I manage the classes I've subbed in, so it must work! I hope this helps!!

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