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I Want to Get Better at... Classroom Management

Does anyone not want to get better at classroom management? Even the most experienced teachers can find ways to make their classrooms more welcoming and productive places. But for new teachers, classroom management can feel make it or break it.

If you’ve had a rough year, congratulations on getting through it!

This summer, let’s settle in and learn how to get better at classroom management.

Start with these resources:


New Teacher Survival Guide

Our popular “New Teacher Survival Guide” series contains a great video on classroom management. In it, watch a new teacher use seven tips to change her classroom. Think about which tips you might want to adapt for use in yours.


Setting & Achieving High Expectations

It’s hard to have strong classroom management without a clear vision for how you’d like your classroom to be. This summer, take some time to brainstorm the expectations you’d like to hold your students to. Gain inspiration from this video on setting and achieving high expectations.



Pinterest has it all, right?! If you’re looking for quick tips and tricks that you can take back to your classroom, head on over to our Classroom Management board. Learn ways to get students’ attention, tips for getting a chatty class to quiet down, ideas for positive notes to send home, and more.


Watch Videos

Sometimes the most helpful way to improve is by watching other teachers in action. Head over to our videos that focus on behavior and learn from seeing teachers’ tried-and-true strategies for helping their classrooms run smoothly.


Focus on Class Culture

Experienced teachers will tell you that the best way to have strong classroom management is by building a positive classroom culture. If students feel welcome, respected, and engaged in your classroom, they will be easier to manage. Our Deep Dive has all the resources you need to think about creating a positive classroom culture.


Think About the First Six Weeks of School

How you start off the school year sets the tone for the rest of the year. This summer, take some time to think about how you will build culture with your new students. The book The First Six Weeks of School from Responsive Classroom outlines a great approach and lots of effective ideas.

What are your favorite classroom management tips and tricks? Share them below or head over to Q&A so we can all learn together.

Lily Jones taught K/1 for seven years in Northern California. She has experience as a curriculum developer, instructional coach, teacher trainer, and is also a contributing writer for Teaching Channel.

Useless b.s. "Achieving high expectations, positive classroom culture, and similar platitudes yield nothing. Ya wanna get kids to do the right thing? Reward them! Here's a method that works every time in every class regardless of your teaching style or experience. You will require the studies be done correctly and your class will love you and school for being fair (positive classroom culture.) Dear Teachers--this is the plan to run any class. You are the hard working, responsible and ethical support for the nation's children and their parents. It is because of you that children read, write, and gain knowledge. You are underpaid and you you work at night for no pay. I'm going to try to help you in your classrooms by revealing a small change that worked for me after my graduate studies in Manchester, England. The English were very strict about school discipline until cities were bombed in World War II. To protect the children, they moved school into the open spaces of the country. Thus, “Open School.” The British can be literal at times. While fearing that the scores of the children would “plummet,” the scores rose. I saw methods that I couldn't use here because my school and yours remain rooted in the belief that children are a problem unless strictly controlled by seating arrangements and quiet. So, I made a small change that saved me and served my kids. Here it is in brief: The first day of school I told the class that we have an hour to do math. They groaned. I then stated that IF we could finish in 45 minutes, that we then had 15 minutes to spare for ourselves. This 15 minutes was to be used as free time reward for completing the required math. Now we have English to do. IF we finish in less than an hour, I guess that gives us more time for ourselves as reward. We made a list of the stuff we could do—legally--which happens to be an English lesson on note taking. The kids chose reward activity (or that they wanted to do.) Two rules: 1. you can't do anything dangerous—duh, and 2. you can't make noise that bothers other classes and such (halls for instance.)BONUS Each subject was similar in form. I had no disciplinary troubles after a few days. What about the troublesome kids? They spent their 15 (or so) minutes with me doing their lesson. They hated it, but they did their work because they wanted to join the others. MY MESSAGE TO SOLVE DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS. 1. "The school is built and i am paid to make you smarter and better. In the math class, you will be smarter at the end than you are right now. You will also be better at the end of class than you are right now. 2. How smarter? You will learn skills that make you smart. How better? You will be a nicer,more capable person in 45 minutes than you are right now--at least that is my plan for you to be happier and make more money as a grown-up. BONUS: The “smart kids” who learned quickly could (for extra credit) help the others during the lesson. Now I have several teachers and individual helpers to be even more efficient. The class is easier for everyone (me too) and we finish early for reward for the class and maybe time for me to plan or complete other teacher tasks that usually keep me past dismissal.
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Tom Chamblee : you are on the right track. You will love Pax GBG. Ignore sticker rewards in one article. Replaced long time ago with short activity rewards, kind of like your time rewards. Those short rewards (by creating excitement and then returning to work) exercise the self-control circuits in the prefrontal cortex of the child's brain, creating the massive amazing benefits years later. contact me at
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Hi Tom, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Rewards can definitely work, but I found the most success developing strong classroom culture and activities that inspired kids to love learning. My goal was to present students with engaging activities and make my classroom an inherently fun place to be. Lily
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Hi! I am student-teacher from Malaysia! I am going through my final placement now. I have been placed in a Y4 class. My all time concern now is that my classroom management and behaviour management skills are improving really slowly.Even getting the students to tidy up after a lesson is a great struggle for me. The kids just shut me off and go out from the class. Could anyone suggest a suitable strategy to use for my class? Anything that i can use from classroom management pack? :) Thank you so much! Desperately trying to get an okay classroom management the least.
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Hi Divya, Try slowing down and really working on a few transitions/routines with your kids. Instead of trying to do everything at once, give yourself permission to really focus on management several times a day. Set clear expectations & help students practice following your directions. Our Class Culture Deep Dive also has resources that might be helpful: Good luck and keep us posted! Lily
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