What a difference a new class makes....my old class, had 4 boys, one girl. The ages were 12-13 and it was miserable for the most part. I constantly had to discipline them. There was nothing but craziness. Funny though that when the girl was absent it seemed much calmer.
Anyway my new class has 3 girls and 2 boys and they are all 10-11. It is a calm, well-behaved even quiet class. With no discipline problems at all really.
Either it's the girl to boy ratio, age difference or some other factor, either way I'm not complaining. Don't know how anyone can teach 12-13 year olds....tough gig.