I have three very loud and opinionated students in my 8th grade Language Arts classroom. They're the type that ask unrelated questions while I'm trying to have a discussion, or blurt out their feelings in inappropriate times. I want to put their leadership to good use. I know that they could change the entire atmosphere of my classroom. I've tried giving them class jobs, such as being in charge of handing out books or revealing today's journal, but it usually backfires and the class becomes distracted. I knew it was getting bad today when I asked one of them to be in charge of lining up the class and another student asked me "who's teaching this class, Ms. Hamilton?"
How do I get them on my side? It's not that they don't like me, it's that they know they can have attention from the rest of the class when they act the way they do. I can only remove them from class for so long without having to catch them up on what they miss when they're taking a "time out" in the hallway.