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.

  • New Teachers

    The Biggest Lesson of My First Year Teaching

    A veteran teacher shares how she learned the value of prioritizing relationships when she was just starting out in the classroom.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

    Strategies for ensuring that students in every grade feel like they’re part of the classroom community.
  • Classroom Management

    Fostering Belonging With Classroom Norms

    When students help create their classrooms' rules and culture, they’re more engaged and invested in learning.
  • Classroom Management

    60-Second Strategy: Appreciation, Apology, Aha!

    A quick, low-key way to build community in your classroom on a daily basis.
  • The Research Is In

    Welcoming Students With a Smile

    Greeting each student at the door with a positive message brings benefits for both students and teacher.
  • Mental Health

    60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
  • Classroom Management

    30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights or ringing a call bell. This article explores some additional ideas categorized by grade bands.
  • Classroom Management

    Addressing Persistent Defiance

    Any student may refuse to cooperate at times, but handling students with oppositional defiant disorder requires that teachers have a plan.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    A Simple but Powerful Class Opening Activity

    The rose and thorn check-in is a quick strategy for building community and developing student voice.
  • Classroom Management

    60-Second Strategy: TUMS at the Door

    A simple greeting at the door forges a strong teacher-student bond.
  • Classroom Management

    17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

    Teacher-tested ideas to help students quietly fidget.
  • Classroom Management

    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.
  • Learning Environments

    Flexible Seating and Student-Centered Classroom Redesign

    I'm a firm believer in keeping the focus on what's really important: the students. If student motivation and higher engagement is truly the desired end game, then we as teachers must adapt right along with our students in our classrooms.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Morning Meetings From Pre-K to 12th Grade

    Daily discussions and team-building activities meet the physical, social and emotional, and spiritual needs of students.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

    When it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled -- before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can start using right away.