I attended a classroom management workshop on February 1, 2011 and found it to be very informative. I appreciated that there were people with a wide variety of teaching experience in attendance. Gaining the perspective of veteran teachers was a huge benefit.
One of the things that stuck out to me was the need to create consistency within the classroom. Making your expectations clear will help to create an environment that is conducive to learning. An effective teacher will model what they expect from their students. We received a great text by Robert J. Marzano titled "Classroom Management that Works." It has excellent ideas in it including ways to put the responibility back on the student. I believe the single most important aspect to good classroom managment is to find the strenghts and needs of your students. If their needs are being met, there won't be any management issues.