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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.

  • A California elementary school teacher takes attendance of her virtual distance learning class

    How to Build a Strong Virtual Classroom Community

    There is light at the end of our long tunnel of social isolation, but teachers still need to focus on students’ sense of connection to their peers and school community.
    Daniel Casebeer
  • Elementary-aged girl stretches while sitting at her desk in her classroom

    10 New Focused Attention Practices

    Whether students are in class or at home, these quick breaks can help them find calm and prime their brains for learning.
  • High school student speaks in class.

    A Hip-Hop Song Inspires a New Path to Engagement

    A middle school teacher explains how she gamified assignments and saw a dramatic increase in student motivation.
    523
  • Illustration concept for community

    A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

    An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways.
    9.6k
  • First grade classroom with students and teacher wearing masks while socially distanced

    When Young Children Return to the Classroom

    A look at how one first grade teacher creates routines and fosters a safe, nurturing environment for her students.
    1.6k
  • Pre teen boy taking photo of tree on street with smart phone

    A Focus on Relationships When Students Aren’t Together

    Building a strong classroom community is possible even during students’ asynchronous work time.
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  • Laptop and headphones sit on empty couch

    Reaching Chronically Absent Students During Distance Learning

    Frequent phone calls, emails to parents, and flexible attendance policies can help wayward students get back on track.
    1.1k
  • 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.
    29.1k
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
    30.5k
  • Schoolboy stands in front of the school door.

    Teachers—on Making Room for the New Kids in Class

    More than 6.5 million K–12 students in the U.S. change schools each year. How can teachers help them acclimate socially and academically?
    600
  • 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.
    53.3k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Pom-Pom Jar

    Explicitly teaching and celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to build a positive classroom culture.
    39.6k
  • 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.
    37k
  • Middle grade aged girl distance learning on laptop at home

    5 Ways to Take Some of the Distance Out of Distance Learning

    It’s important this year to keep connecting with students and fostering their engagement in learning.
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  • More Than a Check-In: Maslow Before Bloom Throughout the Day

    More Than a Check-In: Maslow Before Bloom Throughout the Day

    While checking in on students’ well-being at the beginning of class is important, tending to it throughout the day helps students flourish—socially, emotionally, and academically.
    9.7k

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