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Old 10-16-2016, 07:02 PM
 
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Hi
I'm currently debating if I want to continue being a teacher or not. I have struggled with classroom management and feel like I have never truly mastered it. I work with young students some with behavioral issues. I don't know if older students or a different school would better suit my personality. I like kids that is the main reason I wanted to be a teacher but I honestly don't see myself enjoying managing a large group
of children but maybe if I was better at managing it wouldn't seem so hard. I have had been thinking about teaching abroad for a while but in the last few months have thought seriously about it. I researched it and there are smaller class sizes with under 12 children. I have tutored before and enjoy working with smaller groups. Part of me is saying just do it but then I doubt myself with classroom management and don't want to
set myself up for failure.

Any other job suggestions that work with children but not in a large group? I have thought about occupational therapy and ESOL teacher who works with children in small groups. Any advice would be appreciated :-) I'm still young and trying to figure out what to do with my life.


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Old 10-17-2016, 07:41 AM
 
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How long have you been teaching? For some people, classroom management is a skill that develops over time when you find out what works and what doesn't. There are a lot of resources online to help you develop more skills for classroom management. Everyone has weaknesses in their jobs so don't be too hard on yourself. I was a classroom teacher for 6 years and am now a resource teacher. Now I only work with no more than 5 students at at time. Even in small groups you need to have good management because sometimes they think that their classroom rules don't apply. I still need to be firm and consistent in order to make it work. Teaching abroad sounds very interesting and I think that is great that you are looking into that. First, I would try to build on your management skills then once you feel more comfortable you can pursue either a different certification or job. Some of my favorite resources are Response Classroom (logical consequences, etc.), and Whole Brain Teaching (has some interesting strategies). Good luck!
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This is my 3rd year being a para in preschool. I feel like I get a good idea of what it is like to be the teacher because your very involved in this position. I will check out the resources. Do you have any tips for dealing with challenging students? Thanks for the advice!
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