Engaging Older Students at the Beginning of the Year
you cannot teach if you don't have your students' attention. Do not fight for
it, do not beg for it. Expect it and reward it. You are in charge. Be
firm, loving and consistent.
Your students, no matter what age, need boundaries, desperately. If you don't set them immediately, they will push until they defeat you, And, believe it or not, that's not really what they want.
At the beginning of the year, students don't know everyone and they are vying for the attention from their peers, and for their position in their class. Take a deep breath. You are older, more experienced, and smarter than they are! You can do it!