Interviewer: I think classroom management is probably one of the biggest pieces of teaching. If I manage my classroom well, I have it organized well, I’m prepared, the content, that part comes fairly easily.
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The classroom management starts, for me, on the first day of school. Anything that’s going to be a routine for the kids, we start it on the first day. If I expect them to stop what they’re doing and listen to me in response to hearing a bell [rings bell], that starts on the first day. If I expect them to be able to come in the classroom first thing and sit down and do bell work, to do an activity while I take attendance, that starts on the first day.
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We also spend time that first day, that first week, getting to know each other, me getting to know them and them getting to know me, because part of classroom management is also the relationships that I’ve formed with my students. Those relationships then help me plan lessons just for them. What do I know they will be engaged with? What are they gonna be interested in? It helps me prepare the right joke, or have the best example, because I know them and I know what they’ll respond to.