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Best of Blogs: Classroom Management

By Scholastic.com Editors on July 7, 2015
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Chaos in the classroom not only constricts learning opportunities, but is also a huge contributor to teacher burnout. Here are tips and tales from our bloggers who have consulted colleagues, attended training, and used good ol' trial and error to find what classroom management strategies work best.



3 Classroom Management Tips That Changed My Life

Meghan Everette

December 4, 2014
Grades PreK–8

Here are three deceptively simple tips to use in your classroom to help head off problems right from the start. For a winsome visual aid, watch four videos in which first graders demonstrate proper classroom behavior for everything from transitions to cleaning up.

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Help Wanted: Class Jobs That Really Work

Alycia Zimmerman

November 13, 2014
Grades PreK–8

Class jobs teach students responsibility and ownership and also help build self-esteem. But of no small importance, having students take over those pesky daily tasks has real practical value! Use this Class Jobs Q&A to help you set up the most effective system for both students and classroom.

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3 Free Super Secret Student Rewards

Lindsey Petlak

September 10, 2014
Grades PreK–12

Get three great ideas for fun ways to reward your students from invisible messages to scratch-off tickets. Plus, get three downloadable sheets of reward tickets to print, prep, and use with your own students including one sheet that features your message in QR code.

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Tips and Tools for Classroom



Erin Klein

April 1, 2014
Grades PreK–8

Instead of trying to manage your students, learn how managing the structure of your classroom can make a positive difference in student behavior.

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Dealing With Challenging Behavior: Be a Hero

Christy Crawford

March 7, 2014
Grades PreK–12

Dealing with challenging student behavior is one of the toughest aspects of teaching. Read on for three simple phrases and suggestions of how to be a superhero for your students.

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Help for Your Fidgety Students

Genia Connell

February 26, 2014
Grades PreK5

Help de-stress your classroom and improve your students’ focus by giving them outlets for their energy with special tools and brain breaks for all. In this video, you'll get top classroom management tips from veteran teachers.

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5 Ideas for Classroom Management on a Budget

Allie Magnuson

February 20, 2014
Grades PreK-K

Classroom management can be a challenge, especially for those on a budget. Follow these guidelines to make managing your classroom an inexpensive and painless experience.

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Class Reward Sytem in Action

Rhonda Stewart

December 20, 2013
Grades 3–8

Foster harmony in your classroom with a system that both rewards positive behavior, and redirects unfocused behavior using a unique teacher-created tool called Frog Prints.

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Listen Up Students! Attention Signals That Work

Alycia Zimmerman

November 13, 2013
Grades PreK-8

Quickly getting the attention of our students is an important managment skill for a smoothly-functioning classroom. Watch teachers use various attention signals in their K-5 classrooms and explain how they make these attention signals work.

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Simple Class Behavior Management Systems

Brian Smith

October 28, 2013
Grades PreK–2

Learn these two simple and easy behavior management systems to help with student behavior, while at the same time also build a classroom community.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Comments (1)

I can definitely use the music transition idea - thanks!

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