In high school you set the tone quickly because kids are very aware of which teachers they can ignore. I treat them like adults at a corporate meeting and simply say, "ok, let's get started by going over our objectives for the day." Generally they hush one another. If necessary, I stand calmly (never angrily) and watch the 2-5 kids who don't catch on. Within seconds they see me and stop. High school is sooooo much easier in terms of class management.
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