Best of Blogs: Classroom Management

By Editors on June 17, 2013
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

From keeping kids focused, to stopping bullying, to making sure transitions happen smoothly, managing your classroom starts from before the first bell to long after the last student has gone home with no break in between. Here are tips and tales from our bloggers who have consulted colleagues, attended training, and used good ol' trial and error to find what works best.


Brain Breaks: An Energizing Time-Out

Tiffani Mugurussa

April 8, 2013
Grades PreK-K

In order to best absorb the lessons at hand, little learners often need to get on their feet. Instead of fighting against a young student's natural energy, use this technique to help your class get the wiggles out and stay focused.

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Color Coded Workbooks: The Ultimate Classroom Management Tool

Justin Lim

October 5, 2009
Grades 9-12

Increase your classroom quality of life and get more work out of your students at the same time. Use this color coded workbook system that helps keep workflow move efficiently – even during those difficult “transition periods.”

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Have Your Students Filled a Bucket Today?

Beth Newingham

April 7, 2010
Grades 1-5

Along with fulfilling academic requirements, it is equally important to create a safe, emotionally nurturing atmosphere. Using the short and simple book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? students learn the skills of being good citizens and the importance of respecting others.

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Music to Manage Your Classroom

Brent Vasicek

January 5, 2011
Grades 3-5

When you spot the reluctant reader at the non-fiction bookshelf wearing ear pods and rocking out during independent reading time, it’s time to take action. But maybe the action is to put your own iPod in a speaker and let the music set the tone for your classroom!

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What We’ll Do Differently Next Year

Nancy Barile

May 2, 2011
Grades 9-12

No view is quite as illuminating as hindsight. From reviewing fundamentals at the beginning of the year to creating more group work situations, here are best practices, formulated from years of trial and error and getting it just right.

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Effective Classroom Management: Drop the Tokens, Stickers, Stars, and Prizes

Angela Bunyi

May 13, 2011
Grades 3-8

Working under a reward/punishment system is standard classroom management and deviating from that formula takes some re-thinking. Here’s a different way of managing your students where the “feel good” factor comes from within.

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My Classroom Management Must-Haves, Part 2: Float Jars and More

Alycia Zimmerman

August 17, 2011
Grades 1-5

How do you manage your students when they’re out of the classroom? Meet the Float Jar. How do you keep the two-minute transition time to two minutes? Hello Table Stars! With these management tools and more you’ve got friends!

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Creating a Positive Classroom Climate: “Capture Kids’ Hearts”

Addie Albano

September 13, 2011
Grades 6-8

Know and notice all your students, create care packages, and evaluate your own behavior. Learn these simple strategies based on the maxim by leadership expert Flip Flippen that, “If you have a child’s heart, you have his head.”

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How to Serve a Nutritious Morning Meeting

Sharon Taylor

September 23, 2011
Grades PreK-K

The morning meeting is essential for young students to transition from home to school day. Get great ideas for using this time to build community, get the wiggles out, and prepare for a great day of learning and fun.

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Daily Rituals: The First Fifteen Minutes

Alycia Zimmerman

January 9, 2013
Grades 3-5

From your personal welcome to your students coming together as a group, here are great tips that ensure your students get the attention they deserve and allow you to get class started in a timely and orderly fashion.

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I can definitely use the music transition idea - thanks!

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