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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.

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How to Trust Your Students

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

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9 Tips for Overcoming Classroom Stage Fright

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Responding to Disruptive Students

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Compassion as a Classroom Management Tool

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How to Remember Names

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

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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.

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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.

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Study: Fidgeting Helps Students with ADHD Stay Focused

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

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6 Strategies for Promoting Student Autonomy

These techniques foster independence and show students how to help themselves—and their peers—understand and complete tasks.

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5 Principles of Outstanding Classroom Management

When we asked our community for their best classroom management practices, over 700 ideas rolled in.

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Circling Up for Community Building

Restorative practices are used as an alternative to punishment, but these group circles also work to foster a sense of community.

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A Troubling Side Effect of Praise

Young students who are praised for being smart are more likely to cheat, a new study finds.

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Why I Don’t Have Classroom Rules

A high school teacher tries a classroom management experiment thinking it will fail. Years later, he’s still at it.

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Positive Words Go a Long Way

Simple ways to frame what you say to students to encourage and empower them.

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9 Tips for Overcoming Classroom Stage Fright

Many teachers have a fight-or-flight response to being up at the front of the room. If that’s you, we can help.

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights or ringing a call bell. This article explores some additional ideas categorized by grade bands.

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

When it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled -- before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can...

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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.

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Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation and higher engagement is truly the desired end game, then we as teachers must adapt right along with our students in our classrooms.

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

In my mind, the first and most basic obligation of a teacher is to see the beauty that exists within every student. Every child is infinitely precious. Period. When we start from this vantage point, classroom management -- and its flip side, student...

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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.

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me...

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