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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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  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Young Students

    While teachers don’t need to know the details of preschoolers’ adverse experiences, offering appropriate care and support is crucial.
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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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  • 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.
    9.8k
  • 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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  • 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.
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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.
    6.5k
  • 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?
    4.5k
  • 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.
    56k
  • 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.
    19.5k
  • 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.
    32.3k
  • Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions

    Whether your class discussions are online or off, hand signals enable students to engage in multiple ways.
    31.6k
  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
    11.3k
  • 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.
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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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  • A group of teenagers doing an icebreaker exercise in which one person is blindfolded and the others are helping him jump across yellow tiles that are scattered across the floor

    10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

    Strategies for ensuring that students in every grade feel like they’re part of the classroom community.
    46.7k

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