This brief article describes three broadly applicable strategies that can help teachers foster student self-management skills and redirect unproductive behavior in order to establish an orderly, on-task, positive classroom climate that enables student learning.
This teacher's blog post offers a variety of practical classroom management tips and strategies that can help to establish a positive classroom climate, elicit cooperative student behavior, and keep students productively engaged in learning.
This helpful article describes the importance of efficient transitions in the classroom and recommends a procedure for establishing effective cues to guide students in transitioning fluidly in order to make the most of instructional time. The author then offers useful suggestions for troubleshooting common problems during transitions that result in wasted learning time.
In this brief interview, a research scientist explains the negative impact of stress and punitive disciplinary measures on students and urges teachers to use preventive restorative practices with all students. The approach described helps to foster students' self-management skills and build a greater sense of community in order to cultivate an emotionally safe learning environment.
This article articulates several factors for teachers to consider when designing a learning environment in order to promote students' well-being and academic success. It describes how physical conditions such as light, noise, temperature, and seating arrangements can have an impact on learning and offers suggestions for how to minimize distractions and create a environment that is conducive to learning.
This article describes how to create a class contract in order to establish a classroom climate where students feel respected, valued, and emotionally safe when sharing their views and offering differing perspectives. It includes recommendations for engaging students productively and collaboratively in developing shared expectations for a "reflective classroom community."
In this video, a teacher describes and demonstrates how she uses dialogue circles to cultivate an emotionally safe learning environment and respond to students’ social and emotional needs in order to help them stay focused on achieving their full potential. The accompanying article suggests strategies for using circles to build positive relationships with and among students and foster respectful, on-task classroom behavior.
The first in this series of brief videos illustrating effective classroom management strategies features a teacher who connects personally with students as they enter his classroom with a handshake, a greeting, and a review question. This daily routine helps to foster orderly, respectful behavior, build relationships, and create a climate where students feel valued, welcomed, and ready to work.
This teacher's blog post explains how she uses Talking Circles in a variety of ways to build relationships, establish a safe and respectful learning environment, and check for understanding. She describes how she establishes norms and how she uses circles weekly in her advisory meeting and during her reading instruction, in addition to using them for restorative purposes to support students in managing their behavior and being accountable to their community.
This article addresses the intertwined nature of social, emotional, and academic well-being and identifies common underlying causes for defiant student behavior. It offers practical tips for de-escalating defiance in the classroom, avoiding power struggles, redirecting unproductive behavior, and minimizing distraction for other students. It explains the value of understanding individual needs influencing students' behavior and supporting them in learning prosocial and self-management skills.
This video and accompanying article explain and illustrate how morning meeting routines can help to create a safe environment for learning, including suggested structure and sample activities. Featured teachers demonstrate how they show concern for students' emotional well-being and offer helpful tips to help build rapport in the classroom.
This article explains the intertwined nature of social, emotional, and academic well-being and provides tips for developing supportive, personalized relationships with students in order to cultivate an emotionally and academically safe learning environment. The author grounds his suggestions in his experience working with students and colleagues, and he tells a compelling story about the value of establishing trust in promoting positive student behavior.
This teacher blog post articulates the importance of cultivating an emotionally safe learning environment in the classroom. The author offers a few helpful strategies for developing supportive relationships with students, encouraging positive behavior, and responding to students in ways that take into account their social and emotional learning needs.
This article offers general suggestions for building positive relationships with and among students and specific strategies for putting them into practice in the classroom. The list includes recommendations related to clarifying expectations, getting to know students individually, and holding their attention during instruction.
This resource describes teaching practices and strategies that promote a safe and respectful classroom culture in which all students can thrive. These practices include building positive relationships with students as well as establishing and reinforcing shared expectations for student behavior and interactions. Recommendations address the value of building community and the importance of considering student diversity along a variety of dimensions when designing the classroom environment.
This article offers practical strategies for addressing the behavior of students who are oppositional, withdrawn, or anxious, sharing tools for uncovering the source of the behavior and responding productively. It articulates a useful framework for creating plans that address issues with disruptive students and includes specific strategies that work well for accommodating, interacting with, and responding to students presenting particular types of challenges.
In this article, a teacher recommends several strategies for building relationships with students and inviting their input on classroom activities. She makes a good case for why investing time in developing positive relationships and building community promotes engagement and assists with classroom management, and she shares some practical strategies for doing so.
This teacher's authentic and informative account of solving the common problem of students coming to class unprepared provides a good example of the power of positive reinforcement and of engaging students in collaborative problem-solving.
In this article, a middle school science teacher explains her success in shifting from a reactive to a proactive approach to discipline and how establishing positive relationships can help to maintain a smoothly functioning classroom. Beginning the school year by surveying students about their learning needs and developing a social contract together can help to clarify expectations and create a safe, inclusive, and productive learning environment.
This article articulates methods for cultivating productive classroom conversation and establishing a climate that encourages participation. It offers helpful guidance on establishing and maintaining conversation norms, as well as a variety of practical strategies for managing participation, including what to model and practice for each.
This article describes ten effective verbal deflectors and when to use them to to address potential conflicts before they erupt, keep students in a positive frame of mind, and maintain the momentum of a lesson. It also offers general tips for maintaining order in the classroom. These tested strategies provide helpful language for redirecting students to make more constructive choices and learn critical self-management skills.