I am now completing my first year of teaching HS Spanish in a rural Virginia school. What a year it has been! Looking back, I think classroom management was the biggest thing. I've had a few things done to me by naughty students- one put germ-x in my drinking water (there was a whole investigation about that- but that situation is now resolved). Kids have tried to pull tricks on me. One time, they put my bag of potato chips that I was munching on on my chair while I wasn't looking and yes- I sat on it. The class laughed at me but I paid no mind to it. Other things have happened too... I look at the positive things and see that my strengths are the following (as I believe them to be so): I am good at building rapport with some difficult students. I also have 'fans' that want to take me again next year in Spanish 3. I have been good so far at not taking things personally. And lastly, even after the bad things that happened, I find that I still have the passion to keep going. I never want to stop getting better at my job. It's just that, my classroom management skills do need some work. Here is what I ask- I guess I am now getting to know how teenagers operate among other things, but what are some things that I should be aware of entering my sophomore year? How long can I expect to get better at classroom management? That really is the only thing that is bothering me right now. Thanks beforehand!