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"Like many other first-year teachers, classroom management was my biggest struggle. Students would yell at me and then I would yell back....I learned quickly that this wasn't going to work. I also learned that students needed structure and routines. Many of the students I taught my first year had home experiences that were nothing like the way I grew up. I couldn't relate. I learned over the years that they just need someone to listen to them. I have completely changed my approach to classroom management and have seen great success in establishing routines and holding students to high expectations each and every day."