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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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    Teachers can build rapport with students by starting the year with activities that encourage sharing of interests, and by connecting those interests to curriculum.
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    When students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.
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    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.
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    Student misbehavior has been particularly agonizing for teachers this year, but there are proactive steps educators can take to remedy it.
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    This question comes up fairly often, and it’s a good idea to have an answer ready to go.
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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
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    A teacher stopped penalizing late work and started asking students questions about why assignments were late. Here’s what he learned.
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  • How to Safely Manage a Student in Crisis

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    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
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    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
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  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
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    Rather than push more content and new initiatives, this year teachers and administrators should consider scaling back.
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