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What’s the best thing you’ve done for your classroom management? I teach 10th grade English. I’m young and look younger than I am. Next year will be my 3rd year teaching. My classroom management was better this year but still want to improve. Learning how to be firm and consistent without being mean.

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This is going to sound odd, but back when I started teaching one of the primary things I did was to make sure I dressed very professionally. That is to say: it should be visually obvious that I am an employee, and not a student. Subconsciously it goes a long way towards drawing that line, that a younger-looking teacher doesn't automatically have.

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Yes. I try to do that at the beginning of the year. At this point in the year I have no energy to put into my appearance so it’s jeans and a school shirt everyday right now 😅

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I make sure to make my expectations clear. I give examples and non-examples. Also, I make sure to identify all the procedures in my room and then have students practice them. When my expectations are clear and my procedures are well thought out, class runs smoothly. Consistency is key.

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When your expectations are clear and disruption still occurs, call their parents for an additional resource.

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I post my rules and follow them consistently. I call home often. The best thing that you can do for yourself is buy a really good pair of shoes and a clipboard. You need to be patrolling the room and making sure that they are on task.

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All good advice. I swear by this blogger https://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/

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The best thing I did was learn to be consistent with my students and be more aware of how I talk to them when they get in trouble. Once I built a relationship with my students and made learning fun for them I had zero behavior problems even though the same students were running my co-teacher out of the building.

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I would suggest simple and easy to follow rules, restorative justice practices for those that cross the line before any infractions, consistent grading and feedback for improvement, and help form a classroom community of learning.

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I play crazy. I tell them that my dream job is the wicked witch of the west because wicked is part of her name. I kick a trash can, slam a book on a desk, laugh at nothing (like a sinister kind of witchy cackle), talk to things that aren't there. Make them think I may be legit crazy so they never know what to expect & it will keep them on their toes. I also make a point of letting them know that I am very messy (gossipy) & will run my mouth all over campus if they give me something to talk about. And if the story isn't that interesting, well, I'm an English teacher, I know how to add details to make a story better.😎 I also build a rapport & relationship by doing some fun & a little crazy get-to-know you activities. This rapport allows me to be crazy with my kids & they roll with it. "She was throwing starbursts at you if you did your work? Sounds right, she is a little touched in the head"

It is different for every teacher, you have to find your niche. For example, I think that bloggers advice is terrible. However, it works for them. Don't let anyone tell you you have to do this or that. Try different things. The old adage to set the tone early is about the best advice I believe is universal. I personally scare the crap put of them. I find the two biggest troublemakers in each class and chew them out the first day. I am also a 6 foot 4 300 pond man with a big voice. Probably wouldn't work for you.

You’re absolutely right; you don’t have to demand anything, you’ll get it the first day.

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