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Classroom ManagementClassroom management is an issue that all teachers must address whether they are teaching children or adults, as many problems arise from similar internal and external sources. Because of the various difficulties regarding classroom management, there are likewise, many ways to address them. Some methods are focused on dealing with the student, while others focus on the teacher's behavior in class. When teachers discuss classroom management, they usually refer to methods on how to deal with disruptive, unmotivated students. Many teachers will try to address problems in class with various disciplinary actions. These actions may include aspects of behavior management or corporal punishment. A generation ago it was not uncommon for teachers to shout at students, threaten or inflict physical harm. Nowadays, with recent reforms in laws and school codes of conduct, teachers now have students stand up in front of class, give students a 'time out,' or assign extra homework as disciplinary actions. However, many educational psychologists have urged teachers to move away from these techniques as they are found to be counter-productive. They, instead suggest teachers try to motivate their students and build an environment of mutual respect and self-discipline. For many teachers this ideal classroom has become an impossibility with increasing class sizes and external social problems such as abuse or neglect at home, peer pressure, etc. These problems are outside of the teacher's control, yet it is important they consider their influence on the student. There is a variety of approaches that have been debated, but many of these approaches focus on the actions of the students rather than those of the teacher. Many teachers often complain that students today are worse than they were in when they were students. They claim that when they were children, they were much better mannered, more respectful of authority, and eager to learn than the children they teach. This may be true in some cases, but it is more likely they have no idea how taxing they were on their teachers' patience. Teachers must honestly reflect on their own experiences as young learners. They must consider what qualities they appreciated in their teachers and what they disliked. By understanding a student's perception of the class, teachers can realize a classroom management method that is focused on their own teaching skills and behavior. First of all, teachers must understand there is a limit to their influence and authority. Therefore, they must provide a clear message to their students of what the teacher expects of them as well as be able to meet or exceed the students' expectations of the teacher. This is something that must be taught and reinforced along with the language. Many teachers believe that one of the most important qualities of a teacher is to be patient. While this is true, many teachers overlook being objective. Teachers need to be firm, but fair and clearly define what will and will not be allowed in class. Students will always try to test the boundaries and will naturally try to explore the limits. Thus, teachers need to be consistent with their discipline as well as with their methods of instruction, such as routine, gestures, key words and phrases, etc. Also, teachers must follow through on their actions. Most adults often issue threats to children but seldom carry them out. If teachers are unable to follow through on a threat, then they should never issue it. These seem like obvious techniques, however, many teachers forget. Moreover, if they expect to be respected by their students, whether they are children or adults, teachers must always try to follow the rules of professionalism. Teachers must always be on time or arrive early to set up the classroom. Teachers should always be prepared, have activities to fall back on, and have extra materials on hand in case students forget their books. Lastly, teachers should ensure that their lesson program is learner centered. By moving toward focusing on the teachers behavior and attitude, most classroom management problems can be prevented. It is through self-reflection and empathy teachers can provide a fun, yet disciplined classroom environment that encourages a productive and rewarding experience for both the students and the teacher.