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Classroom management is absolutely necessary if you desire to be an effective teacher. If you do not have a plan in place you will encounter many problems that will leave you very frustrated as a teacher. If you have a few things in place it will make your day go much more smoothly.

As a teacher, it is important to be aware of all potential behavioural triggers in your classroom. That is because problems, arguments, and disruptions don’t just happen – something causes them. One of the best ways to prevent and avoid these triggers is by projecting an aura of control. If you give the impression that nothing escapes your attention and that you have a concrete hold over any situation, few students will risk testing you.

We all grew up with our parents, friends and mentors teaching us through the use of phrases, sayings and colloquialisms that seemed to fit perfectly to the subject at hand. But those sayings can be adapted to lots of situations that we face in the classroom, including the topic of classroom discipline.

Many new teachers find themselves overwhelmed by the diverse behaviors and personalities in their classrooms. Teacher prep courses often do not equip teachers with adequate strategies for classroom management. Here are 5 foolproof tips to control behavior and maximize instructional time in your classroom.

The ideal time to check who's in class is when the teacher has provided some input and the students are ready to start the activity. Since students have already connected with the academic focus of your lesson plan, they won't be distracted. Teachers do not necessarily need to call out names. Just a simple head check should take you only a few minutes.

Melissa text messages her friend Nancy during a Macbeth exam in their fourth period English class: "4 iz B. No tchr cant c me ok. Meet u out front @ 3. L8tr!" Many professionals within the educational field would probably agree that cell phones do distract teens in class.