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As an educator, what is the most difficult task of being in the classroom (teaching, management, lesson plans, or testing)?

Jun 27, 2014 1:03pm

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    • Jun 28, 2014 1:32pm

      This is a great question. It is my opinion that these four concepts are so related that one can typically address all four of these areas by addressing any one of the four first. For example, much of classroom management, positive or negative revolves around a student's confidence with what is happening in class. If lesson planning is done to include strategies (sometimes a challenge) that address that classes needs (hands on activities, cooperative learning, movement, etc) then these strategies are automatically a part of teach the lesson. This will hopefully increase student engagement, which leads to a betting understanding of the material and improved assessment scores, which builds helps to build confidence in the student, and finally allows for a more manageable class. <Breathe> You can see how starting that chain in any order may address the others. LOL I hope that helps!

      • Jul 3, 2014 11:54am

        I think it depends on the educator. Some years it can depend on the students. I LOVE teaching. And I can't do that without planning. Management was an issue for me when I first started, but with experience, I have found I can handle almost any issue. Testing is my least favorite. But even with that, you need to assess students to know what to teach. I can't stand federally mandated high-stakes testing, though. It's difficult to force the students to stress out over something that is so important to the school, and sometimes to the student as well...

        • Jun 28, 2014 7:31am

          Are you specifically asking about those four areas? Because for me it would be engagement - teaching math at the high school level can be hard to draw students in and keep them engaged. Out of the four you listed, I would say depending on the level of the class and the particular personalities of the students, it could be either management or lesson plans.

          • Jul 1, 2014 9:30am


            For me, it was never the time in the classroom, but the time outside of it. I was always in my element in the classroom and loved the delivery of curriculum, the management of the learning environment, and authentic assessments. That being said, my time in the classroom was successful because of all the time I spent planning outside of classroom hours. Just be prepared for that. (:


            • Jul 3, 2014 7:35am

              The most difficult part for me is motivating my students and keeping them motivated. With accountability being a battle cry, keeping track of paperwork is another issue. This past year, my abilities and/or skills were pushed to the limits when I had to move between classrooms.

              • Jul 5, 2014 1:46pm

                From experience, I would say classroom management. You cannot teach if students are not ready to cooperate. The best lesson plan will fall flat. If you already have good management skills, your lessons can potentially be effective with good planning. But you you to meet your students at their current level and lead them forward. Diagnostic assessments will help you gauge what your students already know, as well as the areas in which they need more help. You can then plan accordingly with your standards or targets in mind.

                • Jul 6, 2014 8:25am

                  In my opinion, all these aspec ts are strongly interrelated, and one involves the other. I'm a teacher trainer at college and I observe that my students teachers struggle with classroom management rather than with the other aspects of teaching. You can practise and learn how to teach, plan and test, but classroom management is an everyday learning process, and it depends on every class / school.

                  • Jul 7, 2014 4:48pm

                    This varies depending on how much planning time has been devoted to each aspect listed. For instance, if I have time to consider the implications of a lesson on classroom managment then there are usually less problems.

                    • Jul 22, 2014 1:16pm

                      For me it is classroom management. My first year as a teacher I was accused of being "consistently inconsistent". After three years I understand that comment and strive to be consistent in my discipline and classroom management techniques. But is it still a big challenge for me.

                      • Dec 27, 2014 10:31pm

                        This is a great thing to think about and something I've been thinking a lot about over break--in terms of how to stay sane and not burn out next semester! The thing that is the most challenging for me is to be okay letting things go. I often get so excited about a lesson/unit/trip/idea that I don't always have time or energy to carry it out. It's been important for me to be okay letting some things go, knowing that by doing it I'll do a better job at the other 20 things I am planning!