Management and Control

English Teachin' Vegan

Classroom management has always been a struggle for me. I guess that’s not shocking. Reports show that new teachers report struggling with classroom management the most in their first few years of teaching. Just through talking to colleagues I often find that classroom management”is a shared struggle for many. As the years have progressed, I find myself good enough at classroom management to feel like it is not the primary focus of my reflection and improvement as a teacher. Sure, I have had incidents in my classroom, but usually they seem like outliers, not the normal day-to-day routine of my classroom.

But as I finally am back in charge of a class on my own for the first time in two years (or three if you count my year with a full-time student-teacher resident) I’m starting to really think about what “classroom management” actually means. I’m been putting it in quotes…

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