I have just moved from a very academic school with practically no behaviour issues and high achieving motivated pupils to a challenging comp which is trying to turn itself around. I wanted a challenge, and have definitely got that! I obviously try to make lessons engaging, but am struggling to really get on with my lessons with a couple of classes due to,poor behaviour. I teach maths, and am just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for structuring lessons (they are very long!) or tasks/activities that might minimise disruption really.
Why not challenge the pupils with some of the ideas of Jo Boaler. If they begin to feel "safe" in the classroom, and feel they have something to contribute to Maths you might get them to behave better. You might also get the others to enjoy Maths so stop the disruptive ones being so disruptive.