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SOS!!! I’m struggling so bad! I’m a first year teacher and I’m struggling to gain my students respect, therefore my classroom management looks like you know what! Help please!!!!

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I’m struggling too. I just keep reminding myself that every job has that period of time when you’re learning the ropes and get so stressed you want to give up. I remember one of my 1st jobs when I was young and it was a restaurant. After being there a couple weeks, I was no longer “new” and was given more stuff to do, harder position. One day I was sent to take out the trash after a particularly hard lunch rush. I used that alone time outside by the dumpster to break down and cry. I was determined to make it work, though, and ended up rocking that job and working there quite a while...

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I am a substitute and I find informing students of what needs to be done for the day at the beginning of class helps a lot. Also, I start sending them to the office if they are truly that uncontrollable. Usually after the first or second main problem kids are sent out, the class is easier to handle and you can teach. If it is the entire class, I call administration. I am sure it is different being a permanent teacher though. When kids begin arguing, I shut it down. I let them know what I expect from them and close it down. The students where I teach know I am not their to be their friends and I refuse to have that type of relationship. I am there to teach and they are their to learn. Basic boundaries. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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I’m in my 3rd year teaching and still struggle with this at times. It does get easier after you’ve established yourself at the school. Write up kids/send them to the office if necessary. I’ve also found that it helps (sometimes) to send parents an email if a kid is acting up in class. I went home and cried almost every day during my first year but I’m happy to announce that it’s only happened a couple of times this year. 😅 The first year is definitely the worst.

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I am worried about this myself. I was just offered a 2nd grade position at a school where the students are already accustomed to another teachers expectations. How will I get their respect and cooperation is my big concern?

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Well, why not use the same expectations? Those kinds miss the prior teacher which means they're grieving. Maybe help them honor her by reviewing what all teachers generally expect then add 1 or 2 things. Did you do a get to know you activity.

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Make them laugh. Get to know them better. Become their friend so they will want to try hard for you. Still keep clear expectations

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Thank you everyone for your advice and SUPPORT!!! I’m not only a first year teacher and in a culture that I’ve worked in before but I’m also teaching a content that these students have never ever had to take before..............Health!!! To me it’s my passion! To them “why do we need to know this I’m not going to be a doctor or anything”. But I switched things up and took an ‘interest inventory’ with many different health topics to see what THEY wanted to learn and talk about. We are currently finishing up Substance Abuse, which a personal content to many of my students. I have made more relationships during this content lessons than I did the first few months of school. I realized I needed to teach what they wanted and needed❤️ I guess being a Health teacher from Ohio (Ohio is the ONLY state that doesn’t have Health standards) and the ONLY Middle School Health Teacher in the district, I kinda have the freedom to do that. But again thank you for all your support!!! I can’t tell you how much I appreciated reading your suggestions and comments. Teacher’s are absolutely the amazing!! They have the biggest most caring hearts!! This is why we are the best in the world 😉

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I get it. I’m in my sixth year and still struggle. I have a free course about the strategies I use to help manage the classroom. If you’d like more info, feel free to reach out! I’d love to help in any way I can.

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