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Classroom Management

Learn strategies for building positive, compassionate classroom communities that engage learners, and find and exchange tips for coping with disruptive behaviors and managing distraction.

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Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

Improve trust and communication with difficult students by expressing gratitude, using encouraging statements, and treating them in the same way you treat your best students.

12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation

Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

Tools for Teaching: Managing a Large Class Size

Do you have more than 30 students? Check out these strategies for keeping a large group of kids engaged and managed.

Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Discipline Model

Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up with their engagement and attitude -- much like a video game.

Classroom Management: Resource Roundup

Looking for information on guiding classroom communities, minimizing disruptions, and developing class routines to help students stay engaged and focused on learning? This resource collection is packed with useful tips, tools, and advice.


14 Hilarious Homework Excuses

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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14 Hilarious Homework Excuses

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The Most Important People in the Room

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Back to School: Rules and Routines in the Classroom

As the school year begins, it's important for teachers to remember the difference between rules and routines in the classroom.

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Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips

In the first of two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom-management tips that are positive, not punitive.

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.

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Creating Safe, Strength-Based Classrooms

Strengthen students' learning through trust by recognizing and honoring their social, emotional, and developmental needs with rituals, variations, and an honest, respectful approach.

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Calling All Students to the Front, Please

The front of the classroom is a power spot. Through empathy and recognizing student agency, you can make it a positive place for them to inhabit.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom-Management Techniques

The first few weeks of the school are a crucial time for setting student expectations in behavior and academics. This video playlist of classroom-management techniques will help you refresh your strategies for the new year!

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Classroom Management: 3 Important Big-Picture Questions

Before getting into the minutiae of classroom management, consider how you organize your space, what learning looks like, and how you're building relationships with families.

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20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

Strategies for a safe, open, and community-centered classroom environment.

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

Guest blogger Josh Work shares five techniques for dealing with middle school students who present ongoing discipline issues. His underlying theme is recognizing these kids as adolescents seeking ways to cope with stress or complicated lives.

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5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin proposes five strategies, including use of props and questionnaires, to make classroom discussions more exciting.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

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Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Consider using autonomy, competence, relatedness, and relevance as practical classroom strategies to reinforce the intrinsic motivation students need for making the most of their learning.

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Tyler Hester, teacher and professional development coach, offers seven compelling tips - and one amazing video - about the roots of better classroom management.

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Ten Tips for Classroom Management (available in Spanish)

This guide will address practical aspects of managing a classroom (rules, routines, trust, and student ownership) to make a classroom run smoothly and effectively with suggestions and resources appropriate for grades K-12.

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