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SOS I’m a first year teacher. I’m at a VERY challenging school district & a different culture than I’ve ever been around before. I cant get through a full day’s lesson! I spend more time disciplining!

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Hi there! I'm sorry to hear that your situation is so difficult. I can relate to you. My first few years were at a very challenging district in a title 1 school that was also extremely challenging. I was scared to death administering the state test at the end of the year because of how little control I had over my students. It does get better though! I coach new teachers, if you're interested we can set something up (free of charge) and maybe I can help you figure out a game plan for classroom management and discipline. Let me know.

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Hey! You are doing great because you are still there and you are asking for help! Good for you! I taught middle school for nine years and educator parents gave me some great advice- screw the lesson plans for at least two months. It sounds like a long time but it’s how long it takes to teach students policies, procedures, and RULES of your classroom. You have to sit on them and run an extremely tight ship for a while. October/November is when you can really start teaching. The last six weeks before Christmas you can expect them to understand and know what’s up. When they come back after break you have to do it all over again for 2-4 weeks and then start test prep. In middle school it’s all about creating an orderly and familiar environment. Don’t worry about teaching until you get behavior down. Once that is done, it’s redirecting the truly disturbed ones (should be no more than 5 per class). But you will be able to get through lessons and your class will run well. Classroom management is an art. Figure out what works for you. Visit successful (and open) seasoned teachers. Watch what they do. Most of my first ideas came from mentors and eventually I figured out my own style. Also, get to know your students. Learn about their culture, hobbies, and other things you may have in common with them. I know my kids were always impressed that I knew about the same movies and music. Connection is key. Connections give you credit to use when disciplining students. Remember, we do the most important work in the world. And you are awesome for answering the call!

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Thank you 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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