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    The young teacher had difficulty

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    The young teacher had difficulty in maintaining discipline in her class. When one half calmed down, another played up.

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    Re: The young teacher had difficulty

    When one half calmed down, the other (half) played up.

    As soon as would also work well instead of When.

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    #3

    Re: The young teacher had difficulty

    I'd write acted up​ rather than "played up".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The young teacher had difficulty

    Consider taking our the first "in". Also, I would use "one lot" instead of "one half". If you do use "one half" in a sentence, use "the other half" subsequently instead of "another half". There are only two halves.
    I would also change "played up" to "started acting up."

    [Edit: I'm getting sluggish in my middle (old?) age. Beaten to it by jutfrank and GoesStation.]

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    #5

    Re: The young teacher had difficulty

    I will repeat my sentence as an exercise.

    The young teacher had difficulty maintaining discipline in her class. As soon as one lot calmed down, the other started acting up.

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