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.

  • 3 Ways to Boost Middle Schoolers’ Confidence in Class

    Middle school is a distinct phase, and a school counselor has ideas for how teachers can draw out their students’ best work.
    Phyllis Fagell
  • How to Increase Participation by Asking Better Questions

    Framing questions the right way—and scaffolding the right kinds of responses—can help teachers avoid blank stares and awkward silences.
  • The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline

    Helping students regain their calm after misbehavior doesn’t mean there are no consequences—it ensures that the right lesson is learned.
    Lori Desautels
  • 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.
  • 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar

    Explicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.
  • There’s a Cell Phone in Your Student’s Head

    A 2017 study found that cell phones that were turned off and stashed away silently reasserted themselves—distracting working students anyway.
  • Social Contracts Foster Community in the Classroom

    When students and teachers collaborate to create shared behavior expectations, the whole class is invested in the norms.
  • Optimizing Station Rotations in Blended Learning

    Using three stations effectively—teacher-led, online, and offline—should provide your students with plenty of ways to collaborate.
  • How to Keep Your Elementary Students Focused

    5 research-backed tips to keep your elementary students on-task.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Appreciation, Apology, Aha!

    A quick, low-key way to build community in your classroom on a daily basis.
  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers have a method of calling for quiet, and we’ve collected a variety of good ideas for elementary, middle, and high school.
  • 60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
  • Welcoming Students With a Smile

    Greeting each student at the door with a positive message brings benefits for both students and teacher.
  • Creating a Learning Environment Where All Kids Feel Valued

    A five-step exercise on identity and belonging helps middle school students appreciate differences—in themselves and in their peers.