Are you the brightest star in your students' lives? Are you the one they're all tuned to? Are you the Alpha of your classroom? You need to be!
How do you tackle straight up defiance, rudeness and disrespect in our students? By remaining impersonal, consistent, and focusing on the behaviour, not the person.
How a lesson begins has an enormous influence on what happens subsequently. Having clear and regular routines that are enforced without fail allow you a multitude of benefits, and I've picked out five for your reading pleasure.
There are two kinds of authority you need to have. The first is the one granted to you by your job role. The other (longer-lasting one) is the one you develop as an expert. Learn more about the two here.
You might be responsible for creating the only environment in which they are talked to in a respectful way, as a mature developing adult, on equal par to you in terms of dignity.