As a pupil and a sibling I feel as though it’s often portrayed that teachers must be in control of the classroom and the children. I always remember being in certain classes where my peers would have commented on the fact the teacher couldn’t control them therefore they would play up and misbehave. I also remember my parents commenting on how certain teachers just have no control because they have no discipline within their classroom. However this semester has really opened my mind to all these comments which I’ve been surrounded by. As a teacher I am not controlling children therefore I’m not controlling the class. As a teacher I will be (from day one) building positive, strong relationships with all the pupils in my class where we will gain mutual respect. Yes there will be set out rules within the classroom however they will not be set in stone by myself as the classroom isn’t mine, it’s ours – mine and the pupils. Boundaries must be set my myself as I am the teacher however in my experience children understand this and they actually want the teacher to have those set boundaries so they have a clear understanding of their expectations within the classroom which sets a positive atmosphere. Children/pupils need a certain level of strictness within the classroom to allow them to feel safe and secure, this will allow positive attitudes from both myself and the pupils which then leads to positive behaviour. Being a teacher isn’t about controlling your classroom, it’s about setting fair rules and boundaries with the pupils to allow; clear understanding, mutual respect, positive attitudes and positive behaviours which ultimately leads to a fantastic running classroom with a brilliant classroom ethos set by everyone within it.