Excerpt from Road to Teaching: A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching and Finding a Job:

Classroom management is important and has many implications for the school administration. First, if you – as a classroom teacher – can create effective classroom management then you have cleared a path to higher and sustained learning. It is nearly impossible to create a learning environment in a classroom that is disrespectful, disorderly, and dysfunctional. Boundaries on behavior and expectations for learning need to be clear to students and consistently enforced. Effective classroom management also translates into less work for the school administration. The teacher that routinely sends students down to the principal and writes a fistful of disciplinary referrals increases workloads and headaches for administrators. Not to mention those “problem” students on their way to the principal’s office are missing out on learning opportunities in the classroom.

Therefore, it is critical that you have a strong response to this question. If you cannot articulate your classroom management plan, then how can you expect to manage a classroom full of students?

In answering this question, think of your broad classroom management
philosophy. Follow this up with a personal triumph involving classroom management and then relate this example to your philosophy. For instance, in one interview I explained my belief that relationships, routines, and rigor are critical components of effective classroom management and provided concrete examples of how I incorporate them in daily class work.

A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching, and Finding a Job

The Perfect Companion for Aspiring Teachers.


Maximize your teacher training, excel at student teaching, and find your ideal teaching job. This book addresses these unique stages of becoming an educator by providing 50 valuable strategies and insightful advice, allowing for a smooth transition from student teacher to exemplary teacher.

Learn how to differentiate yourself through your coursework, create a positive relationship with your cooperating (master) teacher, establish effective classroom management, perform well in your interview, and much more.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, July 5, 2008
By  (Seattle, WA USA) – See all my reviews

This book came in handy as a student teacher and when applying for teaching jobs. I appreciated the strategies on how to jump-start my student teaching on a positive note by creating relationships with my students and CT. Even though I have now completed my student teaching, I will continue to use many of the book’s classroom management and discipline tips in my own classroom, such as the question & answer box and bellnote activity. I recommend this to any student teacher.”

5.0 out of 5 stars So Simple Sooo Helpful WOW, September 29, 2008
By  (Albuquerque) – See all my reviews

This book is a must have!! I always read reviews and consider what the reader says, well please believe me, When I say get the book. It is so simple to ready I couldn’t believe the insight it gives and tips for Students, Pre-service teachers and Student teaching. I highlighted and tagged pages. I am very pleased!! Eric did an awesome job on creating a book for the “unknowns” A lot of websites and examples, book references. Again a very great book for Teachers to be, get it early.


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