I'm HORRIBLE at classroom management. I have some theories on why: at the beginning of the year, rather than use desks, I used tables that could fit up to six chairs. I did this because I'd have the easiest time circulating and because it facilitated group projects. Unfortunately it also facilitated side conversations when I'm trying to give direct instructions, and by the time I realized it, I couldn't stand the thought of moving out all my tables and replacing them with desks. I also had a few procedures that didn't work out the way I wanted them to (e.g., signing out for the bathroom), and I didn't come up with alternative procedures. So I hadn't established as much routine as I should have. If I got renewed, I'd use desks, and designate small and easy to organize spaces to store various things. Lots of small spaces are easier to keep clean than a few big places. There were some things I did (do) right - I use proximity, I rarely raised my voice, I said please and thank you (well, por favor and gracias). But that ultimately amounts to naught. If I hadn't resigned today, I would have been non-recommended for rehire. I have no excuses for it. I sucked at classroom management. Kids complained about not learning because I couldn't control the class. I could pass any online classroom management course with flying colors, but in the real world, nothing clicks. It really sucks, because I write FANTASTIC lesson plans, but I just seem to be incapable of earning students' respect. How can I get better at creating a positive learning environment?