Classroom Management: A Collection of Resources for Teachers
Creative classroom management strategies from fellow teachers and our experts.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Teacher Tips and Resources
Teachers share their techniques for maintaining control and order in the classroom that you can implement from day one and keep up with throughout the year
A little troubleshooting makes out-of-classroom excursions a breeze.
Must-have teacher apps for smartphones and tablets.
Rebecca Mieliwocki on teaching as a team sport, making sense of middle schoolers, and the art of subversive teaching.
These surefire attitude adjusters will give you (and your students) a fresh start to the school year.
Eight key strategies for deepening your effectiveness in the classroom
I love my class. I really, really love my class. They work hard, they stay in the struggle, and they have slowly learned to accept my favorite mantra: "There are no shortcuts." With that being said, hard workers also need to have a little break now and then. A break of two minutes and 45 seconds, to be exact. This post will share two practical methods I use in my room to create even harder working — and happier — kids.
Since the introduction of four new students in my classroom, I have been working hard at trying to acclimate the new students to their new classroom. The introduction of the new students created a completely different atmosphere in my classroom - rightfully so, as they came from a different teacher. I had to start from scratch. Here are a few tips that have really helped me get the basics covered.
For some teachers, classroom discussion is one of the most dreaded activities, since often only a few kids will participate. Why are students afraid to share? For adolescents, it's not enough to be 80% sure that they have the right answer. The consequence of saying a wrong answer before their peers is too strong of a deterrent, no matter how encouraging a teacher is. Try the think-write-pair-share strategy to structure academic language discussion in your classroom.
The brain stores two kinds of memories, in two different ways. One is spatial/experiential memory, which is easy and automatic. For example, you do not have to memorize the location of each desk in your classroom by doing flashcards. Your brain sees them and makes a mental note of the arrangement of the desks in space. The second type of memory is rote memory: stuff you must rehearse and memorize to get it to stick. Multiplication tables fall into this category. Read on to see how I review vocabulary words with my students throughout the year to make sure they stick.
So, you are making dinner in the kitchen while the television runs in the living room. You have completely lost track of time. All of sudden, without even looking at the clock, you realize it is 6:00 and the news is starting. What gave you this great epiphany? My guess is that the news program theme music triggered a brain cell that alerted you that it was 6:00. Music is a powerful tool, one that can tell you it's time to watch the news — or help you manage your classroom.
I love when I can maximize my academic minutes and minimize interruptions and distractions. When I was a new teacher, minutes were wasted every day because of children arguing over "cutting" in line or seats for read-aloud. Incomplete homework was another recurring problem. Many of the kids who didn't turn in their homework suffered from an overloaded social calendar, travelling between spilt parents, or had parents who were not able to speak English. Find out how I solved these problems.
When Paul Revere needed a job, he competed with the boys in his village. When I needed a job, I competed with the people in the metro-Detroit area. When our students need jobs, they will be competing globally. In the past we didn't need to care how other countries were preparing their children. Now it is essential.
How do you predict the future? People have been trying to do this since the beginning of recorded history. As educators, we are trying to prepare our students for their future — a future that is unknown. It is time for us as educators to shift our thinking and teaching from the way of the past to the way of the present, in order to prepare our students for the way of the future.
Teachers pass on their memorable field trip moments. You’ll never look at a yellow bus the same way.
Creative solutions for test review, classroom management through reading workshop, a classroom economy unit plan, and more from one of the star teachers of Top Teaching
Seasoned pros think back on the thorniest classroom management challenges they faced early on and how they handled them.
Jennifer Atkinsonand her 1st graders at Metz Elementary in Austin, TX, are inspired to be creative in the classroom. It is a place where students learn, work and collaborate to succeed within this organized and joyful school environment.
Miller presents ten tips for educators on how to create a more peaceful, harmonious classroom. Teachers should keep things simple, set realistic expectations, and add fun for reinforcement.
How I Do It
Teachers share the clever and creative ways they motivate kids to read over the summer.
Creative ways to keep kids engaged when they finish work early.
Clever ways to get parents involved at your school.
Creative ideas for memorizing new names from fellow teachers.
Get kids involved, use humor, and always follow through!
Classroom management strategies from your fellow teachers.
Sit them next to each other, randomize questions, and threaten “File 13,” among other strategies.
How do you make the most of parent-teacher conferences?
Students are more likely to buy into the rules if they have a hand in creating them. Start with this list of adaptable ideas.
Brush up on these three types of logical consequences so you can use them when kids test the limits.
Ironically, the times when teachers need to be the most professional are often the times when they let their emotions take over. It's been my experience that the worse a student's behavior is, the more professional I have to act in order to control the situation. The reason is because any time there is a student teacher conflict, the entire class is watching to see how I'm going to respond. How I handle myself will likely result in either gaining or losing a great deal of respect.
By the time most students enter into middle school, there are two profound truths that they have learned whether they realize it or not. The first is that the world that they live in is controlled and manipulated by adults. The second is that they have to conform to those parameters if they are to be considered successful. Find out three things teachers should understand about teenagers in order to appropriately enforce classroom rules.
First year teachers can use these resources to help set classroom rules that promote good behavior and responsibility.
View a video of Beth Newingham's reading workshop, get tips for workshop management, printables and more.
How can you implement a Reading Workshop and also assess your readers in an effective, efficient, and, most importantly, informative way?
I am so passionate about Reading and Writing Workshops because I can provide my students with the differentiated instruction that is so important in elementary school. Math Workshop now allows me to do the same thing, as I use developmental grouping to differentiate my daily instruction. Learn how I use developmental grouping, math rotation stations, and math games to meet to the needs of my students during Math Workshop.
Have you ever felt that some of your students were completely lost when you were teaching math because the concept was harder then they were ready for, while others got it on the first try? If you answered yes, you might want to consider teaching in ability-leveled math groups.
Tips from third-grade teacher Beth Newingham to help you organize and run a reading workshop
Setup and Organization
Advice on how to set up and decorate your classroom -- including learning center ideas -- as well as how to keep it organized throughout the school year.
Real teachers share inspiration and creative tips that will help turn your classroom into a unique learning space.
This post explains how I've managed to increase my personal classroom quality of life and get more work out of my students at the same time. But before you continue, let me give you a disclaimer, there was A LOT of work that went into what we're about to get into.
Setting a theme for the school year helps students feel comfortable and motivated to learn all year.
Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin? Here's a creative way to sort your students into small groups when school starts.
Think about the positive and negative components of teaching. Working with students and having an impact on their lives probably ranks highest on the positive list for most. A large majority, I suspect, would rank keeping up with papers as the top negative aspect. Find out eight tips that allowed me to tackle the paperwork trail and organize myself and my students for academic success.
With the year winding down, your thoughts may already be moving forward to changes you'd like to make next year. What worked? What didn't? If you struggled with classroom management, you might be considering a new management system that involves extrinsic rewards — to start the year off on the right foot, you hope. If that is the case, I urge you to reflect on the role of extrinsic rewards in your classroom.
Eight helpful grouping techniques and tips to help you implement them in your classroom
Posting rules and procedures isn't enough; you have to teach them. Here's how to get started.
If you're anything like me, you love perusing the isles at the 99 cent store. Yes, I love a good bargain, but the main reason for this is that I'm always looking for gadgets that can help me to manage my class. I think that we can all agree that often, the simplest devices can make a world of difference when it comes to classroom management.
Turn your centers upside down: six fresh uses for stuff you already have.
Kindergarten was created as a place to emphasize the development of the whole child. Now, however, emphasis has shifted so much to academic development, at the expense of emotional, social, and physical development, that we often forget how important these are. However, your classroom learning centers, provided that you implement them right, can be a perfect place to promote these areas of growth in young children.
Margo Southall describes how changing the structure of learning centers dramatically increases students' time on task and learning achievement.
Answers to questions about what to do with a class queen bee and how to help students adjust from Dr. Adele M. Brodkin, author of Raising Happy and Successful Kids.
Lying, stealing, fighting, running away, using profanity, physically hurting other people (on purpose), and kicking, screaming tantrums. Have you ever felt battle weary after a long day with a child who is considered "behaviorally challenged"? I've been there. Here are some tips to help you and that child make this school year a productive one.
General procedures, daily tasks, and other activities to help you ward off some classroom behavior problems.
Maintain better control and establish a calmer, more productive atmosphere for your students. Bill Rogers, author of Behavior Management, identifies five classroom behavior problems and offers strategies for handling them.
You can breathe a sigh of relief now! Here's expert advice on what to do when students act up and personalities clash.
Stop bullying before it starts with these strategies and activities, including teaching conflict resolution skills.
Happy holidays! With the jam-packed curriculum we all face every day, taking time to celebrate the holidays in the classroom can be challenging. Find ideas for creative holiday gifts, meaningful ways to help your students “give back,” awesome holiday resources on the Web, cool holiday activities I do in my own classroom, and a memorable way to ring in the New Year with your students.
Watch a video for tips on how you can successfully wrap up a day of learning in ten minutes or less.
Learn how we teach and encourage bucket filling in our classroom, see photos of our bucket-filler chart, and download a printable that you can use to promote bucket filling in your own classroom.
Beth Newingham presents activities for each day of your students' special week to shine.
Teachers share how they start off the day in the classroom to get kids going, from listening music to practicing yoga.
Unit and Lesson Plans
Students study economics and economic principles by maintaining a class bank and store.
Teach your students about responsibility by assigning classroom jobs at the beginning of the school year.
Student talk about what behaviors, attitudes, and actions they think contribute to a climate of caring in the classroom, and play games that reinforce these values.
Teacher recommendations for quick activities that help students clear their minds and prepare for the next event on a busy day.