Classroom management is essential to a teacher's success in the profession, say experts, and difficulties managing students is a leading reason why some teachers quit. While there are numerous approaches and no clear-cut model for classroom management, experts agree that a teacher must be clear, send consistent messages about expectations and steadfastly respond to transgressions. "It is probably one of the things that's least understandable and most complex about teaching," the head of the American Federation of Teachers said.

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