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    Will I ever get it down?
    By Jenn

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    I'm a long-term sub filling in for a teacher on maternity leave. I've been there for about 3 weeks and after today's Valentine's party, am thinking I'll never get them under control. I do every trick in the book w/ "if you can hear my voice etc..." Complimenting the good listeners etc....which works, but I'm constantly doing it.(this is grade 1) I use her strike system, but maybe I wait too long to "give them out". A parent was there at the party too and when it got so loud, I finally shut off the lights and told them to get to their seats (I never yelled). They sort of listened, but it was crazy with their boots, snowpants, packing mail, mittens and their Valentine boxes. Teachers, tell me the real deal, do classroom parties just get loud, or are you able to keep it fun, yet orderly? What else can I do to keep them "calm" or will I always be a sub to them?

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