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Classroom Management

Pick up strategies to build positive, compassionate classroom communities and cope with disruptive behaviors and distractions.

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  • 6 Ways to Create and Sustain Community

    Interviews with teachers reveal the importance of relationship-building and student voice and choice. Here’s how to incorporate these in classroom routines.
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  • 4 Ways to Reduce Smartphone Distractions

    If students are allowed to have their phones at your school, you can set parameters to help them focus on their work.
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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

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    By setting clear expectations for behavior early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms.
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  • A Student-Centered Model of Blended Learning

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    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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  • Classroom Management Strategies That Build Relationships

    For minor behavioral challenges, these techniques can help you restore order while keeping students in the classroom. 
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  • 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.
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  • The First 5 Days: The Key to Success

    Make the start of the new school year go smoothly by preparing for students’ questions and anxieties before the first day of class.
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  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
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    10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

    Strategies for ensuring that students in every grade feel like they’re part of the classroom community.
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar

    Explicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.
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  • 4 Proactive Steps to Avoid Misbehavior From the First Day of Class On

    Carefully working on relationship building right from the start of the school year can help teachers avoid discipline issues.
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  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
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  • 7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
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