Check out this informative blog post written by a teacher who, at the time, was experiencing behavioral issues in the classroom. This is a good resource because it gives teachers real life examples of what other teachers may be experiencing daily and their approach to managing the situation.
"Culturally Responsive Classroom Management (CRCM) is an approach to running classrooms with all children, [not simply for racial/ethnic minority children] in a culturally responsive way." It is important for a teacher to know how to manage a classroom with a diverse group of students inside and outside of an urban environment; teachers should be aware of students cultural backgrounds.
An 11 minute video documents the steps a new teacher took in an urban teaching environment. In fact, Lilia teaches sixth grade social studies classes, and one of her biggest challenges is managing the classroom when students interact with each other; she has noticed that students' behavior issues decline during test time. Lilia meets with an experienced teacher in order to get more information on how to better manage her class.
This resource provides teachers with examples on how to be assertive and how to implement assertive discipline in the classroom. For example, it's never acceptable to dismiss bad behavior; as a teacher, you have to address this behavior in an assertive manner, so that it doesn't continue; therefore, the students know who is in charge.
It's necessary for teachers to know what they're getting into when they teach in rough areas, which are often times in an urban environment. In fact, it's important for teachers to know that in most urban schools, they'll be teaching students who are living in poverty, surrounded by violence within and outside of the home; some of these children come to school hungry and unfocused because of problems outside of school.