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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.

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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.

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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.


5 Rules Why Teachers Should Stop Spoon-Feeding

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Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices

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How Much Recess Time to Give at School?

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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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Teachers Are in Control: Myth-Busting DI, Part 4

Crafting meaningful choices for students engages them in learning and lightens the teacher's burden of appearing to be in complete control (which rarely works anyway).

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How to Keep Classroom Sleepers Awake

If students regularly fall asleep in class, keep them awake and engaged with physical movement and mentally stimulating activities in a well-lit classroom.

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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

Misbehaving students might like you too much or be physically attracted. Maybe they want attention or want you to prove yourself. Be sensitive to underlying reasons.

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Thriving in the Homestretch

As the year winds down, teachers might consider holding class outdoors, treating themselves kindly, reflecting on what worked, assigning fun projects, and checking in with peers.

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Reframing Teacher Voice

Effective teachers, rather than being stern and in control, are able to honor the group, connect with individuals, and be fair, reasonable, respectful, thoughtful, and real.

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Personalizing Engagement: Checking In Before They Check Out

Through refocusing, clarifying instructions, and affirming progress, you can have a rich, deep impact on short- and long-term engagement one student at a time.

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The Dances of Student Discipline

Teachers, when it comes to student discipline: Do you do the foxtrot, the tango, or swing dance?

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Best Resources for New Teachers

Explore some of the best resources for novice teachers from a variety of sources, including advice on classroom management, lesson planning, and building relationships with parents.

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"What Did You Call Me?" – How to Remember Students’ Names

Blogger Todd Finley shares techniques on how to remember students' names.

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Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

Educator and school psychologist Allen Mendler suggests a constructive way for teachers to avoid a power struggle with that attention-seeking student.

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Fostering Relationships in the Classroom

Blogger Larry Ferlazzo and fellow teacher Katie Hull Sypnieski, in another excerpt from their book "The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide," share six fun ways to help students develop positive, trusting and enriching classroom relationships.

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"Why Do We Need to Learn This?"

Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler shares three methods for connecting students with the relevance of what they're learning: getting them to accept the unknown, getting them to laugh, and connecting the information to their life goals.

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Your Lesson's First Five Minutes: Make Them Grand

Educator, author and blogger Rick Curwin explains why and how to grab your students' attention for the first five minutes of each lesson.

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Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students

Not every student benefits from in-class participation, immediate answers, inflexible grading, or harsh consequences. Learn the nuances for those requiring deeper recognition and a lighter touch.

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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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