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How can one deal with lack of discipline in the classroom?

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There are limits to what teachers can do to maintain discipline in a classroom. Many of the factors that affect classroom behavior, including home environment, class size, and even student personalities, are beyond the control of the teacher. 

The first thing you need to do is set clear boundaries and guidelines. Often children (especially teens), as part of their own attempts to build independent identities, will push the limits of any rules or conventions; making rule systems transparent, fair, and consistently enforced actually gives the students a sort of stability that they find...

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