Okay, I went back into my 12th grade classroom this afternoon and I got tough. When they talked, I gave them homework. When they talked again, I gave them more homework. I refused to give them the a copy of my power points as a reward for talking.
So why do I feel so bad? I hate being mean. If I could, I would take back all that terrible homework, but I know I can't.
This is it: if they talk, then they talk. I will have to get more creative about stopping them. Perhaps they get no privileges, no extra help, no good times. But no punishment either. Even with my kids, I don't have it in me to punish.
I wonder if they're a support group out there for me. . .