On the whole, things seem to be going well. Most of the ideas mentioned above have been taken on board to some degree and were of course very helpful.
However, after 8ish weeks of teaching I find that I am still having problems with two classes and certain pupils within those classes. I have gone down the detention route, the HOY and HOD routes. I have tried shouting and I've tried keeping calm. Nothing works. I end up dreading those two classes and see them as lessons I 'just have to survive'. They are both large groups (32-33) and the year 7 is known to be a very difficult group with some of the most disruptive and naughty kids on the register. There are a large number in the group who are VERY low ability and others with ADHD. There is no support with this group and it seems that no matter how I seat them, that six or so seem to be able to upset all those around them.
The other group, a year 8 class, are VERY talkative. They will throw things around the room, talk constantly and in some cases do no work. There are several low ability pupils and there should be a support worker but often is not. One child in this class is (IMO) a danger to other pupils. Once provoked, and it takes very little, he explodes and attacks who ever he sees fit. He throws chairs at other pupils and pushes them from one end of the room to the other. I have had him excluded from lessons, on detention, isolated him and involved HOY, HOD and SMT.
Part of my problem is that I don't have my own room and each lesson I teach these classes we are in a different room. This makes seating plans very difficult and gives pupils chance to play up by arriving late claiming to have got the wrong room.
I hate bringing in other members of staff because I feel that it makes me appear weak even though I am aware that other staff have problems with these pupils too. Whilst on a one year contract I feel under pressure to appear in control of everything because I want a job next year, either in this school or another.
My reports during PGCE all stated how good I was at CM issues, it feels like they must have been looking at someone else at times
On the up side, all of my other classes are great and my observed lessons both with SMT and HOD have gone really well.
Sorry, you did ask