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Classroom management suggestions?

Apr 25, 2013 7:50pm

As a student teacher, I am trying to find those techniques that will help all students to focus while maintaining respect in the class. I have some very rambunctious kids in a few of my borrowed classes, and I have such a difficult time keeping them on task (one class in particular). I want to improve their focus and productivity without losing my cool, but sometimes I feel on the brink of anger/ deep frustration. What can I do to help students keep their focus while maintaining composure?

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-12
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement / New Teachers


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    • Apr 30, 2013 3:52pm


      Send me an e-mail and I will explain my classroom management system. I even have students make the tests, quizzes and exams.


      • Apr 26, 2013 6:45am

        I forgot my email addres:

        • Apr 29, 2013 7:44am

          Thank you both for your wonderful suggestions for classroom management. Jessica, your specific examples and detailed discipline flow chart will certainly find their way into my own classroom management style. The referral system at my cooperating school was a little confusing at the beginning of the semester, but I have come to recognize the importance of consistency and patience. Thank you for your wonderful help!

          • Apr 29, 2013 1:00pm

            With your discipline flow chart, how do you manage a student who has repeat offenses that fall on different days? Do you make note of it and treat it as a step taken the class before, or do you start each day with a clean slate?

            • Apr 30, 2013 5:26am

              One of the most important things to consider in classroom management is that students must have ownership of the class. if they have ownership, they will be in a better position promote positive behavior. The more rules you have, the more consequences you have, the more likely students will be in fear of breaking the rules. That is too low on the Kohlberg scale for my classes. I need higher, and you should expect higher to.


              • Apr 30, 2013 11:33am

                I'll add to the conversation, but what I'll say is very similar to what Eric noted. Classroom management problems occur much less often when students are engaged, transitions are kept to a minimum, and students understand what they are supposed to be working on, and why. The principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allow teachers to design lessons keeping tese fundamentals in mind. This tends to minimize threats and distractions and allows students to be engaged in the process of learning. Another great way to do this is to offer students choice, as when they are working on something interesting and relevant to them, they are much less likely to act out. You can find out more about UDL on

                Good luck!

                • Apr 30, 2013 12:43pm

                  Thank you Katie and Eric. What kinds of choices do you give to the students? I like Eric's idea of giving the students their own responsiblities in the classroom, but I would like to incorporate this similar idea to the smaller components of classroom activities. For example, I thought of giving the students responsibility of chosing between several different versions of one assignment (different presentation mediums, analysis points, prompts, etc.) Does this sound like someting I could translate into the classroom? Where else do you provide these choices?

                  • May 4, 2013 6:07am

                    Using fast attention-getting elements in lesson plans, transition times and school activities can help with classroom management and support curriculum. Think of it as attentionology- the science and art of catching and keeping every kid's attention, not just those with deficits. Middle and high school students respond well to humor. You might be able to adapt tools and tricks offered for students up to grade 5 at

                    • May 8, 2013 11:56am

                      I do love 3 Strikes you Write. I start off with no one is perfect including me! Gives the students some wiggle room and teachable moments. I taught a self contained class of mostly boys and they did not want that 3rd strike, because they wrote what happened and what they would do differently -and also parents signature was required. Class Dojo is out of this World. Free Positive Behavior Modification System. Talk about ownership this is the jackpot! The company is awesome and really, really wants to support teachers and help students. I have included my own self reflection piece, which they are trying to include.