I am currently student teaching in an urban school and one thing that I am working on is my behavior management. I will say that my classroom management has improved A LOT but I'm still struggling to see how I will be successful in my first year. Right now, I would say that most kids listen to me and I am able to handle the majority of behavior issues. The issue is that when I teach whole class lessons, my mentor is able to handle certain behavior issues (like the kid who comes in late yelling, etc.) so I don't have to slow down the whole class. She is able to pull these kids out and have a conversation with them. I was alone with the class yesterday and the behavior wasn't great which I expected because it was the last day before break. (I think part of the reason is that the kids expect free time the day before break which I don't like to give.) My mentor pulled a kid to make up work and it was frustrating to see how much behavior I had to deal with...which slowed down the class. I was able to handle it and go through the Do Now but it wasn't easy. In retrospect, I should have told kids they have the option to listen and participate or I can take their work and grade it for their last grade of quarter 3. I'm confused as to how I'm supposed to help kids with academics when it feels like I am constantly putting out fires. Yesterday, we had a girl who is a MAJOR behavior problem continue to harass someone to give her pen back, walk in and out of class, etc. and a kid who walked out of class, refused to put his phone away, and there are no consequences we can give these students. I wouldn't say that the behavior is much better when my mentor is there but I do have help handling it when she is there. When she taught a different subject yesterday, we had so many behavior issues and 6 write-ups so it isn't like the kids misbehave for me. The kids were working on stations yesterday and I felt like I was being pulled in a million different directions. I am glad that my classroom management has improved, but doing this by myself does worry me because I'm not sure if I'm ready.