As some of you may know, I have had classroom management issues with one of my 6th grade classes all year. I attribute this to not starting out strict enough and not setting clear enough rules or expectations. I observed the English teacher who teaches the same kids. While it was 1st period and most behavior is better, the kids were mostly good. (The kids with behavioral issues were the same but it's easier to handle 6 misbehaving kids rather than 16). I liked his seating arrangement because he had groups and rows to the side. I can see this helping my classroom management in all of my classes. I have some kids who cannot sit in groups because their behavior is bad. In my difficult class, the English teacher actually had two students sit independently in a row because we have two extra desks (only 32 students instead of 34 in our other class.) I also noticed that he used proximity when teaching and had notes on a PowerPoint slide. I think that it was helpful that he was walking around, etc. during the lesson. (I've been using my doc cam which is to the side of the room, so I am far away from some kids and I can't see the kids in groups who face away from me.) I was thinking that I should maybe do something like this for my lessons. However, I think PowerPoints are sometimes difficult for math because I sometimes want to write down what a student might say on the board. Does anyone here use PowerPoints to teach math? However, it might be good for me to put one or two example problems on a PowerPoint (maybe?) for the lessons with the answers. It might help to have a wireless presenter and be walking around. I made a PowerPoint for Monday's lesson and I'm hoping it will help with the behavior so I can walk around the room and teach.