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Classroom Management

Pick up strategies to build positive, compassionate classroom communities and cope with disruptive behaviors and distractions. New teachers: Here are 120 practical tips from our community of experienced educators about classroom management and more.

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  • How to Keep Students From Bolting Out of Class

    Sometimes elementary students just up and leave the classroom, but fostering a nurturing space can help convince them to stay.
    Lauren Barry
    693
  • Balancing Friendliness With Firmness

    By setting clear expectations for behavior early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms.
    9.7k
  • The First 5 Days: The Key to Success

    Make the start of the new school year go smoothly by preparing for students’ questions and anxieties before the first day of class.
    6.5k
  • Tapping Into Compassion When Students Push Your Buttons

    Our brains are wired for knee-jerk responses—so how can you keep compassion and empathy front of mind?
    4.4k
  • 4 Proactive Steps to Avoid Misbehavior From the First Day of Class On

    Carefully working on relationship building right from the start of the school year can help teachers avoid discipline issues.
    6.5k
  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    63.4k
  • Relationship Building From Day 1

    Strategies for fostering relationships with middle and high school students starting on the first day of the school year and then growing them all year long.
    5k
  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

    When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
    55.9k
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    How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
    19.1k
  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
    11.3k
  • A Bitmoji Classroom

    Educators Turn to Bitmoji to Build Community and Engagement

    Both fun and practical, Bitmoji classrooms are adding some levity to fall planning this year.
    32.2k
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
    31.6k
  • Teachers (and Students) Can Only Take So Much

    Rather than push more content and new initiatives, this year teachers and administrators should consider scaling back.
    11.5k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar

    Explicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.
    41.6k
  • A group of teenagers doing an icebreaker exercise in which one person is blindfolded and the others are helping him jump across yellow tiles that are scattered across the floor

    10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

    Strategies for ensuring that students in every grade feel like they’re part of the classroom community.
    46.3k

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