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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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  • Middle school students entering the school library

    Guiding Older Students to Enter and Exit the Classroom Smoothly

    After so much time out of school, middle and high school students may need multiple refreshers on classroom procedures.
    Rachel Fuhrman
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    When students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.
  • Understanding and Supporting Your Student with ODD

    Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ODD

    The behaviors associated with oppositional defiant disorder can be challenging in the classroom, but there are strategies to help build relationships and make way for learning.
  • Illustration concept of women and girls cooperating to build supportive language

    7 Things Teachers Say to Create a Supportive Classroom

    The things teachers say can cut deeply or build a lasting foundation for success. Here are seven teacher-tested expressions to try this year.
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  • Teacher leading classroom via projector screen

    How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
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  • Making Self-Paced Learning Work for Younger Kids

    Making Self-Paced Learning Work for Younger Kids

    This differentiation approach frees teachers up to meet students’ needs. The result? Students only tackle material they’re ready for, and all students achieve mastery.
    1.4k
  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • Illustration of collaborative watering of seedlings

    The Necessity of Finding More Ways to Praise

    Encouraging students is not enough, says a new study—you actually have to raise your ratio of praise to reprimands dramatically, and that might mean keeping track.
    1.3k
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
    31.4k
  • Students meditate at school

    8 Activities for Students (and Teachers) to Create a Mindful Classroom

    Everyone in the classroom benefits when there are opportunities throughout the day to reflect and prepare for learning.
    2.2k
  • A Bitmoji Classroom

    Educators Turn to Bitmoji to Build Community and Engagement

    Both fun and practical, Bitmoji classrooms are adding some levity to fall planning this year.
    29.7k
  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

    When educators at a Washington, DC, high school ditched their lectures and devised a self-paced blended learning model, their students thrived.
    53.5k
  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    51.2k
  • A Framework for Managing Teacher-Student Conflicts

    An assistant principal shares advice for new teachers on when to handle student misbehavior on their own and when to seek help.
    792
  • Illustration concept of students communicating

    The Magic of a Noisy Classroom

    Sometimes building connections and community matters more than adhering stringently to all of the rules, teachers say.
    5.2k

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