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Classroom Management

    The foundations of teaching are defined by Saphier and Gower as Attention, Momentum, Space, Time, Routines, and Discipline. This area links to articles and research that address what a teacher does to keep students engaged, involved and on tasks during class time.

  • First Six Weeks of School
    A guide to laying the groundwork for successful learning within the first few weeks of the school year.
  • Discipline in the Classroom
    Teachers provide their suggestions for dealing with the tightly woven issues of discipline, classroom management, and student motivation. Topics include basic discipline, dealing violence, the power of the telephone, tardiness to class, and consequences for negative behaviors.
  • The Basics of Behavior: Behavior Is Based on Choice
    Provides a positive approach to dealing with student behavior. Also looks at teacher styles of management and teacher responses to misbehavior as factors in influencing student behavior.
  • How Classroom Conversation Can Support Student Achievement
    For a fuller version of this article as well as the other feature of successful classrooms, go to
  • Transitions in the Classroom
    Tips for managing classroom transitions, including looking at predictability, boundaries, and flexibility in time use.
  • simSchool – The Game of Teaching
    This article is the print version on the online article available at Horizon's Innovate: Journal of Online Education, at this address: We encourage you to look through their archives for great articles on technology and learning.
  • Preventing Behavior Problems During Transitions and "Challenging Times" of Day
    Sandra Rief presents tips for managing transitions and changes in classroom routines. While designed primarily for students with ADHD, these tips are useful for any classroom or school setting.
  • How To Manage Disruptive Behavior in Inclusive Classrooms
    Ten questions to ask in diagnosing situations that foster disrupotive behaviors in students with disabilities.
  • Teacher-Parent Collaboration
    Use these organizers to prepare for successful parent-teacher interactions.
  • Connecting with Students
    Allen N. Mendler shows how to provide acknowledgement without disruption.
  • Everyday Rules That Work!
    A six-point plan for establishing rules and routines for classroom. Suggestions for creating rules with students, with an emphasis on rules as a way to help everyone suceed.
  • 5 Easy Transition Activities
    A free resource from the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
  • Using Functional Assessment to Promote Desirable Student Behavior in Schools
    Whether aggressive or merely annoying, challenging behavior attracts the attention of the teacher and other students, thus interrupting the focus on learning. This article presents a rationale for using the functional behavioral assessment (FBA) approach to problem solving.
  • Controlling Aggressive Behavior
    Produced in conjunction with the Council for Exceptional Children, this web page consists of a series of links to useful resources. These resources include an incident report, decision making sheet, blank behavior contract, conference documentation form and more.
  • Classroom Organization
    Here are some simple guidelines to help you make your classroom teacher, learner, and community friendly.
  • Classroom Strategies for Helping At-Risk Students
    This monograph offers guidance for employing six effective practices aimed at helping at-risk students: * whole class instruction * cognitively oriented instruction * small group instruction * tutoring * peer tutoring * computer-based instruction.
  • Expectations and Student Outcomes
    A research report from the Northwest Regional Laboratory supporting high expectations for students in the classroom.
  • Learning to Discipline by M. Metzger
    At the start of her teaching career, Ms. Metzger confesses, she ricocheted between being a drill sergeant and Mary Poppins.
  • Rules vs. Expectations
    Setting positive expectations for standards of behavior in a classroom are more effective than enforcing rules. Dr.
  • Checklists for Getting and Maintaining Attention
    Sandra Rief, who writes extensively about ADD and ADHD, provides suggestions for getting and maintaining students' attention, focusing students' attention, and keeping students on-task during seat work.
  • Setting Up Your Classroom
    Classroom setup can dramatically affect students' attitudes toward and habits of learning. Students need an environment that is organized, stimulating, and comfortable in order to learn effectively.
  • Dodging the Power-Struggle Trap: Ideas for Teachers
    Specific and concrete actions to prevent classroom conflict situations to escalate out of control.
  • Checklist of Classroom Procedures
    An excerpt from the LEARN North Carolina Beginning Teacher Handbook.
  • To Discipline or Not to Discipline...That Is the Question
    Seven (+) disciplinary models are described, as well as the elements of a disciplinary plan, classroom management ideas, and when to refer students to the principal.
  • What Is the Collaborative Classroom?
    A focus on collective the knowledge and thinking of the group changes the roles of students and teachers and how they interact within the classroom. This guidebook elaborates on what classroom collaboration means, and how it changes teaching and instruction.
  • List of Procedures to Design and Teach to Students
    Classroom routines begin with teaching students how to follow procedures. What will you do when you want to get the attention of students? How will students pass in papers? This list represents a good "think about" in getting ready to begin the school year.
  • Ten Activities for Establishing Classroom Rules
    Includes to involve students in setting classroom rules. Links to related sites are also provided.
  • There Is Only One First Day of School
    Harry and Rosemary Wong discuss the importance of the first day of school, and how starting positively will impact the rest of the school year. There are seven things that students want and need to know within the first few weeks of school, and students can suceed when they are shown the procedures for doing them.
  • Cooperative Learning Techniques (from Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies)
    Cooperative learning involves a great deal more than placing your students into groups. Cooperative learning is part of classroom management.
  • Network-based Assessment
    This powerpoint outlines a vision and framework elements for assessment facilitated by technology.
  • Rules in School
    Written by four classroom teachers, this book is filled with instructions and examples for creating a calm, safe learning environment.
  • Thirteen Ways to Beat the First Day Jitters
    An excerpt from the LEARN North Carolina Beginning Teacher Handbook and the National Education Assiociation New Teacher CD.
  • Helping Children Make Transitions Between Activities
    Provides strategies and intervention procedures for helping young children make smooth transitions from one activity to another.

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