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I think the recent #ntchat on

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I think the recent #ntchat on classroom management might be interesting to folks who enjoyed this blog post.

http://www.edutopia.org/groups/new-teacher-connections/529721

New Language Art Teacher with EdTech MA in the process.

New Teacher Perspective

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At first, it's really difficult to have good classroom management because you don't want to become the evil teacher. It's difficult but not impossible!

Third Grade Teacher

My Classroom Management Class did not prepare me for this!

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Someone earlier commented that they too had taken a classroom management class and that it seemed almost pointless, because you really don't learn it until you are out there trying it. I completely agree! This last year was my first year teaching and I felt like nothing I learned in school seemed to be working. I was constantly adding new behavior agreements and throwing out things that didn't work and I felt like a failure because I didn't have it right from day one. It was good to hear Justin say that its okay to throw something out that isn't working and to listen to your students to help you come up with something new. After hearing that, when I look back on the year, maybe it wasn't so bad after all!
THANKS!

unprepared for classroom management

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I think that classroom management will require a lot of reflection. I agree that you need to be consistent and make sure that the students know the rules. It is always helpful to be fun and playful but you need to know when to be serious and not let the students run the classroom. I think that classroom management is going to take a lot of practice, a lot of revision and what works one year may not work the next. If you notice something working, write it down and do the same if something doesn't work. This is a continued process and you should constantly be asking what is causing the student behavior rather than writing a student off as just a "bad kid". This is something ever present where i work because it is a military facility where parents constantly deploy. A child may be well behaved normally but suddenly starts acting out. it always makes me question what happened if I didn't change my management strategies. I always try to look at outside influences as well as internal causes before judging a child.

Third Grade Teacher from Ohio

Improving student learning

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Improving student learning begins with classroom management in my opinion. I believe that for learning to take place, classroom management must be effectively used. I think that you have some wonderful tips here. As I begin to prepare for my first year, I too will be reading The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong. This book is full of tips and tricks to use in the classroom to establish routines that are so important for the success of your classroom management. I used this book in my college courses, but have not looked at it in a year or two. I also like your suggestion of laughing… a lot. I enjoy having fun while teaching and often times you do just have to laugh to get through some of the situations that you are thrown into throughout the course of the day. I hope to use your information to help guide some of the classroom management in my classroom to assist me in growing as a professional! Thank you for the information.

thank you!

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As a new teacher, I found this article to be very helpful. I very much enjoy the advice on making sure to laugh a lot. In my young teaching career I have already experienced so many mistakes that I have made. These could be anything from just making myself look like a goof to handling a behavior in a wrong fashion. I definitely agree that it's good to just laugh. Also, I think asking for help can feel like a shot to one's pride, but oftentimes you will find out how willing poeople are to help, and that in all actuality it makes you seem as a stronger educator who wants to grow professionally.

Kindergarten teacher, Iowa

I took a course in college on

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I took a course in college on classroom management and as this year comes to an end I am realizing more and more how little that class did to prepare me. I am assuming it is typically not offered for undergraduate programs because classroom management is learned best by experience.

Parent of 1 High School Student in VA

Great Information

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I am pursuing a career to become a teacher. I really enjoyed reading this blog. Justin shares some exciting ideas on how to get the involvement of the students. Time management is one of my concerns. I am looking forward to when I get my own classroom of students to using some of Justin's ideas. Thanks and keeping the information coming especially for us newcomers. : )

Primary special education teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thanks!

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Like many others , classroom management has been the most difficult thing for me as a new teacher. I appreciate your humor and perspective as I continue on my journey of empowering students and making a difference! I truly believe that those with exceptional behavior and classroom management are those who can help their students to make progress. As a new teacher, classroom management was also never something I thought about when graduating college......I wish there were time to focus on this topic for those in undergrad teaching programs. I will most definitely be referring to your suggestions and passing this blog on to other struggling teachers who are even more new than myself. Thanks again.

Thanks for the post! As a new

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Thanks for the post! As a new teacher I have struggled with classroom management at times. Like you said, when you graduate you have a picture in your head on how teaching your own class will be is not how it usually is in reality. I loved the humor you included into your post and agree that it is extremely important to laugh, and sometimes we all need to realize that it is okay to make mistakes and there is no need to tear yourself apart when you do make mistakes. You mentioned how important it is to have a plan and include your students in this process, but I was wondering if you had any classroom management approaches, such as pulling cards or the token reward system, that have worked well for you?

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