George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
Illo of a profile silhouette of a girl with a heart in her head

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.

Yellow dunce cap sitting on a stool in front of a blackboard

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.

A photo of 2 elementary-school boys going under a limbo bar.

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.

Discuss

5 Rules Why Teachers Should Stop Spoon-Feeding

Last comment 2 days 14 hours ago
100 4 5,481 views

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Last comment 1 day 23 hours ago
54 4,232 309,084 views

Collaborative Team Teaching: Challenges and Rewards

Last comment 2 weeks 5 days ago
17 196 78,732 views

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 09:49
54 4,232 309,084 views

Mastering Classroom Transitions

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 13:00
7 134 3,523 views

5 Rules Why Teachers Should Stop Spoon-Feeding

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 05:17
100 4 5,481 views

Resources

Drawings of students

How to Remember Names

To learn students names quickly, download this one-page tip sheet and try out a few of the strategies listed.

2 17 views
Photo of student meditating

Guidelines for Quiet Time and Silent Sustained Reading

Download this primer from Visitacion Valley Middle School as an introduction to implementing quiet time in the classroom.

3 38,121 views

Classroom-Management Tips Pinterest Board

Visit a curated collection of classroom-management resources on Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest, including tips, guides, blog posts, articles, infographics, and more.

1 1 1,495 views
screenshot of article

Study: Fidgeting Helps Students with ADHD Stay Focused

Research shows that students with ADHD can concentrate better when they're allowed to fidget.

1 5,980 views

Browse

Students line up in front of classroom.
Article

Mastering Classroom Transitions

Move students in and out of class and between activities smoothly to save valuable instruction time.

7 134 3,523 views
A teacher helps a young girl calm down to deal with a stressful situation.
Article

A Toolkit for Students in Crisis

An elementary school assistant principal shares a few ideas for how to help students calm down and regain self-control.

2 1,016 8,997 views
An elementary grade level teacher stands at a table giving instruction while young children are writing.
Article

New Teachers: Classroom Management Essentials

Four must-haves for creating an effective learning environment.

4 1,046 12,883 views
Katie Dulaney listens as her students have a discussion.
Article

Hot-Button Topics, Civil Conversations

Fostering productive discussions on contentious topics.

3 647 1,778 views
A teacher guides young students out of a moment of conflict.
Article

The Untapped SEL Tool: Conflict

Here’s how you can use disciplinary moments to practice social and emotional learning.

2 518 6,976 views
Photo of a large class at work.
Article

Too Many Students and Not Enough Time

Differentiation provides ways to cope with large workloads and with the feeling that there’s never enough time.

3 2,042 11,710 views
Graphic of a wide-eyed owl
Article

Student Engagement: Resource Roundup

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn is no small task. This list of articles, videos, and other resources offers strategies and advice that can help.

622 160,204 views

Pages

Article

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Whether you use musical instruments, game pieces, call-and-response, or electronic devices, there are many successful ways of getting students to focus front and stop talking.

209 16,748 1,951,645 views
A teacher working with three little kids
Article

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.

69 56,741 983,013 views
photo of a teacher presenting to a classroom
Article

13 Common Sayings to Avoid

Teachers should avoid the reflexive language of anger or frustration. Here's a list of these sayings, framed as opportunities to constructively address difficult student behavior.

75 3,635 914,889 views
A large, studentless classroom, with large blue bouncy balls, sofa chairs, folding chairs, a tent, crates, mats, and other unique furniture.
Article

Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

Flexible classroom seating invites collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking by helping students manage their physical energy and comfort as they learn on their own terms.

84 27,549 524,055 views
article

How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

102 1,450 374,181 views
Article

Bell Ringer Exercises

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley presents an overview of bell work - short, focused exercises to help students make the most of valuable classroom time.

28 49 327,755 views
illustration of a profile with icons in the head
Article

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

Here are some activities to stimulate your students' minds when they need a change, and to focus and calm them when they're just too stimulated.

54 4,232 309,084 views

Pages

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.

1,942 276,788 views