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Research-Backed Strategies for Better Classroom Management

When students act out in class, it can be challenging to find positive ways to address their behavior. Here’s what the research suggests works best.

November 9, 2020

Sometimes, misbehavior or inattention isn’t what it seems. For many students, it can stem from boredom or restlessness, a desire to seek attention from peers, behavioral disorders, or issues at home.

And some misbehavior is just a healthy part of a child’s social and emotional development.

This video describes six common classroom management mistakes and what the research suggests you should do instead:

  • Responding to surface-level behavior
  • Assuming it’s not an academic issue
  • Confronting every minor infraction
  • Public shaming
  • Expecting compliance
  • Not checking your biases

For links to the studies and to learn more, read this classroom management article.

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  • Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

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