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The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

The Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

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Classroom management is a delicate balancing act often learned through experience and trial-and-error experimentation. Whether you're a new or experienced teacher, having strategies for effective classroom management is essential for creating positive, successful learning spaces (and staying sane!).

In this presentation you’ll find 25 tips for managing your classroom. They were contributed by educators from Edutopia’s community in response to a discussion by blogger Larry Ferlazzo asking users to share their most valuable classroom management advice.

Without further ado, here are the Dos and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips: 

Each classroom is different, so please come back and share what you've learned and what works for you! 

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Bob Hyneman's picture

I started teaching in an area and field where, when I entered, classroom management was a HUGE problem. I definitely concur that more rules do not equate to better behavior. What is important is consistent and persistent enforcement of the rules that are in place.

Make the rules few, make them simple, but make them enforcement consistent and persistent.

Fahad Syed's picture
Fahad Syed
Special needs Teacher

I always believe a good teacher needs to identify the behavior of his pupil before setting up any dos and don'ts. As a teacher we need to identify student behavior as challenging if the behavior occurs at a higher frequency or intensity when compared to typical children in similar settings. It is advisable to identify the target behavior first by examining and answering the following:
1. Is the behavior harmful to the student or others in the environment.
2. How often does the behavior occur?
3. Does the behavior significantly impair learning for himself and others in the environment.
4. Does it draw negative attention from the others?

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Hi CCGILL24! Can you say a little more about the personalities that you find most difficult to manage? We can probably help you out if we have just a hair more information. :-) I usually find that the personalities I struggle with most are either the ones most like me, or the ones that have needs different from mine. This activity really helps my students and me to understand the ways our working styles are different and complimentary- and where they may chafe against one another.

Peg Grafwallner's picture
Peg Grafwallner
Instructional Coach/Reading Specialist

My two favorites: #10 and #12. As a classroom teacher for 24 years and nearly all of them working with developing readers and writers, my goal was always to create a sense of community. Without community, one cannot achieve content. As we got to know each other, my students became my "academic family" and like any family, it was important not to hold grudges. I treated my students like I would treat a member of my family; as a result, they knew they could count on me and trust me. Once you have that, you have everything.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

Peg, I may be a bit biased, but I agree. An unhealthy community is a source of discord, while a healthy one encourages its members and facilitates learning.

k_ent's picture

it is very helpful especially for those who are new like me....
classroom management is always one of my difficulty... i hope this can help me..thanks a lot for sharing.. :)

TexasTeacher's picture

I am a soon to be new teacher and really appreciated this collection of do's and don'ts of classroom management. For me classroom management does not intimidate me as it does for most new teachers. I have been an after-school counselor for 6 years so have learned some of these techniques along the way. I believe that there is one big thing to make sure you are able to manage your class and that is creating that relationship with your students. They need to see a genuine interest from you in regards to them. While being an after-school counselor I tried to make it a point to learn everyone's name by the 3rd or 4th day and also to know some kind of fun fact about them. I am going to try to carry this into the classroom when I begin teaching. The other thing from this list that stuck out with me was making sure to not only let parents know about the problems, but to make sure to do a good call home if needed. This not only will help you focus on the good with the student but let the parent know that you do pay attention to the student all the time. A strong relationship with the parents is an easy way to help make the class be successful.

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