Classroom and behavior management is one of the biggest concerns of new teachers. Since not every school or even every classroom is the same, establishing a manageable classroom is one of the most important things a new teacher does.
That topic was the theme of this semester’s Armstrong Teacher Educator panel, a chance for School of Education students to hear from experienced teachers about what works in their classrooms – and what doesn’t.
“Right now while you’re still here (at IU) is a great time to think about what your plan and philosophy is,” Antonia Fields, an English and language arts teacher at Belzer Middle School in Indianapolis, said. “I always think about how am I going to handle problems (before they happen). I make it hard for kids to leave my room. I don’t want to show them that I don’t have control.”
Sarah Shannon, a math teacher at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, said for her, classroom management was a lot of trial and error.