I have shared a lot about several of the classroom management issues that I have been having in my student teaching. I am working in an urban district and all of the teachers say that this year, our group of 8th graders is very difficult. I finally feel like my classroom management is getting better and the kids are respecting me as a teacher. I no longer have any interruptions during my lessons with yelling across the room and the kids are really following my directions. Yesterday, I was pulling a group of kids to another room, and another kid who wasn't supposed to be there ran in, shut the door, and wouldn't let anyone else in. As soon as he saw that I came by, he immediately stopped being silly and opened the door. I also had another kid (severe behavioral issue) walk out on our small group. I went to go get him, gave him a warning, and he apologized and came back to the group. While this kid walked out of the room, another kid walked out, and he immediately went back in when he saw me. Things like this would never happened at the beginning of the year! My mentor also said that my classroom management has improved and the kids are listening to me. I still have a long way to go (our classes are definitely not perfect and we still do have lots of behavior problems), but I have stopped feeling anxious about going to school every day and I at least have some strategies to deal with misbehavior. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all the advice I have received on here because it has been so helpful!