I am a middle school teacher and I wanted to answer your questions. The biggest problems in my class were 1)disrespect and 2) talking. The best way to handle these are to strictly enforce classroom rules and don't waiver from these. I can say that I still need some work, but after this year I will definately be tougher this coming year. This was my first year in middle, I came from elem, and boy was I in for a surprise. Another big tip, have a plan and keep them busy. I can't stress enough how important it is to make your rules and procedures clear from day 1. I didn't, and suffered greatly. When your time comes, seriously consider the little ones, their so much better. The disrespect really wore on me and I left feeling 'beaten down' everyday :cry: . You just can't be nice. I made that mistake. Good luck!!!