George Lucas Educational Foundation

Classroom Management

Pick up strategies to build positive, compassionate classroom communities and cope with disruptive behaviors and distractions. New teachers: Here are 120 practical tips from our community of experienced educators about classroom management and more.

Sort by:
Recommended
  • Building Strong Foundations With Classroom Routines

    Investing time early in the year to establish procedures and expectations lets teachers and students enjoy a classroom that runs more smoothly (almost!) every day.
    206
  • 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

    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.
  • Balancing Friendliness With Firmness

    By setting clear expectations for behavior early on, teachers can have fun with their students without losing control of their classrooms.
    Crystal Frommert
    9.5k
  • 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.
    6.1k
  • Tapping Into Compassion When Students Push Your Buttons

    Our brains are wired for knee-jerk responses—so how can you keep compassion and empathy front of mind?
    4k
  • 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.
    6.3k
  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • Relationship Building From Day 1

    Strategies for fostering relationships with middle and high school students starting on the first day of the school year and then growing them all year long.
    4.9k
  • Encouraging Middle and High School Students to Build Patience in the Classroom

    Waiting for a teacher’s support can be hard for some students, but with the right strategies, they can learn to use this time productively.
    948
  • Why a Positive Call Home is Worth the Effort

    Best practices for making positive phone calls home a manageable, sustainable routine.
    1.6k
  • 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.
    62.1k
  • How to Keep Students From Bolting Out of Class

    Sometimes elementary students just up and leave the classroom, but fostering a nurturing space can help convince them to stay.
    408
  • 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.
    18.3k
  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
    11.2k

Follow Edutopia

  • facebook icon
  • twitter icon
  • instagram icon
  • pinterest icon
  • youtube icon
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use

George Lucas Educational Foundation