A student in 4th period told me this. As he was talking to me, there was a group of students sitting on top of the desks in the back of the room. When the bell rang, I had to insist to get them to sit in desks and to go to their assigned seats. I had to ask for attention a couple times before I got it.
1st and 2nd periods were completely different. They came in quietly. They were not talking when I gave instructions. They did the assignment (busywork--read magazine, write summary) quietly. When they finished the assignment, they found other work to do. Two perfect classes.
The boy with the 5 referrals? He spent time roaming the classroom until I insisted that he remain seated. Two girls tried to swap seats. A group of students sat and visited all period. And this group was loud.
I understood why Mr. L was so hard with this class. What's sad is that they don't.