Check-out my Education Week-published book, Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching
Five Guidelines For Effective Classroom Management is the headline of a post I wrote for The British Council.
Ten-Minute Podcast: Vicki Davis Interviews Me About Classroom Management
All My BAM! Radio Shows About Classroom Management
Q & A Collections: Classroom Management Advice is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns. It contains links to all the columns on classroom management from the past six years!
THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING ABOUT THE “ESTABLISH-MAINTAIN-RESTORE” CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT APPROACH
As regular readers know, I’ve written a fair amount on classroom management. In fact, I’ve written a couple of books that include much on that topic.
In the meantime, I thought people might find it helpful if I collected my choices for my best posts on this topic into a list.
You might also be interested in these two articles I’ve written:
- Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips
- More Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips
You might also be interested in these previous “The Best…” lists:
My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control
My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students
My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals
The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More
The Best Resources On The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry”
Here are my choices for My Best Posts On Classroom Management:
Why Viewing Classroom Management as a Mystery Can Be Helpful is a short excerpt from my new book, and it’s appearing in Education Week.
When A “Good” Class Goes “Bad” (And Back To “Good” Again!)
More About Maintaining A “Good” Class
“Why Do You Let Others Control You?”
Have You Ever Taught A Class That “Got Out Of Control”?
“I’ll Work If You Give Me Candy”
“How Do You Think Your Mother Felt When I Called To Say You Were Doing Well In Class?”
The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry” To Students
The Best Piece Of Classroom Management Advice I’ve Ever Read
“I Was Disappointed With What Happened Yesterday…”
Some Excellent Classroom Management Advice
“People who are angry pay more attention to rewards than threats” — No Kidding!
“I Haven’t Been Feeling Very Respected….”
My Post-Thanksgiving Letters To Students
Alternatives To Collective Punishment
How To Recover From A Classroom Train Wreck….
Classroom Management Strategy: Here Are Three Things I Want. What Are Three Things You Want?
Quote Of The Day: You Won’t Hear Better Classroom Management Advice Than This….
Now This Is The Classroom Management Mindset I Need To Have….
Q & A Collections: Classroom Management Advice brings all my Education Week Teachers posts on classroom management together in one place.
Video: I Wonder How Many Of Our Students Hear This When We Go Over Classroom Rules?
Stop YELLING AT YOUR KIDS. It’s Bad for Them. is an article in Slate about a study that I’ve previously written about, but this article is particularly good:
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh found that “harsh verbal discipline”—cursing, insults, and shouting—can be as harmful to kids as hitting or spanking.
Here’s an additional excerpt from the article:
Start Off The New Year With This Excellent Classroom Advice
How To Turn A Negative Consequence Into A Positive Classroom Management Strategy
Good classroom management advice: “start small before moving big”:
The citation for the research cited in the video can be found on the video’s YouTube page.
Emphasizing Pride, Not Shame, In Classroom Management
Surprise, Surprise — Study Finds Shouting At Children “creates further discipline problems”
Striking a Balance: Digital Tools and Distraction in School is from Edutopia.
Good Classroom Management Advice: “The Person Who Asks The Questions Controls The Conversation”
“The Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips”
More Teachers Adopting Restorative Discipline Practices is the title of an NEA Today story that unexpectedly features my classroom practice.
Recasting At-Risk Students as Leaders is from Education Week.
Excellent List Of Eleven “Classroom Discipline Mistakes”
Extrinsic Motivation In My Classroom
Here’s an excellent infographic from Middleweb, to go along with an equally good article:
I’ve embedded a chart below that compares how long many different emotions last. Boy, we teachers need to study it and reflect on which ones we think our students feel when they’re in our classrooms:
Keeping ‘The Big Picture In Mind’ While Managing Classrooms is a series of four posts I published on the topic at Education Week Teacher.
Marvin Marshall offers good advice on handling interruptions in the classroom.
12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation is from Edutopia.
You Can Read The Entire Ed Week Chat We Did On Classroom Management
Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students is also from Edutopia.
#InstructorMag columnists Harry & Rosemary Wong on how to piece together classroom management http://t.co/1TTXhoLC9j pic.twitter.com/VOw90Eaar3
— Scholastic Teachers (@ScholasticTeach) May 30, 2015
Study: “Authoritative,” Not “Authoritarian,” Classroom Management Works Best For Boys
Questions To Help With Positive Classroom Management
How To Make Difficult Conversations Easy is from TIME.
Quote Of The Day: A Corollary To The Best Piece Of Classroom Management Advice I’ve Heard
Q & A Collections: Classroom Management Advice brings together all my Ed Week Teacher posts from the past four years on classroom management.
100% Upgrades offers some useful classroom management advice from Doug Lemov.
Harvard Business Review Publishes Nice Guide To Positive Classroom Management
My New Classroom Management Strategy: “How Are You Going To Use Your Power?”
Managing Emotions (Yours): Dan Cotton on Strong Voice is by Doug Lemov.
“How Can I Better A Better Teacher For You?”
Lessons from the Incident in South Carolina is from Edutopia.
How to Make Sure You’re Heard in a Difficult Conversation is a short article in the Harvard Business Review, and it’s a must-read for any teacher who sometimes has difficult conversations with students or colleagues.
And who doesn’t?
Here’s how it begins:
A difficult conversation has to be a two-way street. You’re unlikely to come to a resolution if you don’t hear the other person out. But equally important when addressing a conflict is getting your message across. So after you’ve thoroughly listened to your counterpart, increase the likelihood that they will see things your way by doing the following.
Distract The Distractor is a great classroom management tactic from Jennifer Gonzalez.
Second Statistic Of The Day: Food Stamps & Student Behavior
What is ‘Breaking the Plane’? is by Doug Lemov.
Harvard Business Review Publishes Excellent Classroom Management Formula
How Childhood Trauma Could Be Mistaken for ADHD is from The Atlantic.
Why Is Classroom Management Such a Problem for New Teachers? is from Ed Week.
Detour ‘Around the Danger Zones’ of Classroom Management is Part Two in my Education Week Teacher series.
If you’re a teacher, say “please” and “thank you” is by Ray Salazar and On ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ is by Doug Lemov.
Asking “Why” Questions Does Not Improve Behavior is from Marvin Marshall.
Study: Classroom-Management Fixes Work Best When Addressing Social-Emotional Needs is an Ed Week report about a new study on classroom management. I’m not sure if teachers are really going to learn much new from it. However, I’ve got to say that the report itself probably give the best review you’re going to find anywhere about classroom management research.
Guest Post: “Walk & Talks” Are Extremely Effective Way To Connect With Students – Here’s A “How-To” Guide
Working With ‘Difficult’ Students – Part Two is the headline of one of my columns at Education Week Teacher.
Harvard Business Review Criticizes Trump’s Negotiating Skills & Provides Excellent Classroom Management Advice At Same Time
“Resetting” Classroom Management
20 Tips to Help De-escalate Interactions With Anxious or Defiant Students is from MindShift.
Good Advice On How To “Outsmart Your Next Angry Outburst”
Excellent Classroom Management Advice: Focus On Future, Not The Past
The Endless Loop Of Negative Attention
Good Classroom Management Advice For Everybody
Excellent & Simple Three-Step Guide To Classroom Management Challenges
You’ll want to read, and watch, Show & Tell: A Video Column / Two Times Ten Conversations by Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.
A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules https://t.co/5Ufhy9HEUG pic.twitter.com/UcFeh61J91
— TeachThought (@TeachThought) October 28, 2016
Top tips for getting older students to act their age is by Tom Bennett.
Remembering “Breaking The Plane” Solved My Classroom Problems This Week
Responding to Defiance in the Moment is from Responsive Classroom.
Lesson. “An unprepared teacher will get angry,” ( @chrisemdin ) said. “Anger is never an effective strategy.” https://t.co/uSOhaitQml
— c1stoga (@c1stoga) November 28, 2016
The Chinese Word for Anger Shows the Best Way to Get Mad is from New York Magazine. It’s connected to what community organizers call “cold anger.” In addition to applying it while I was an organizer, I’ve also used it in the classroom to help direct student anger.
All behavior has purpose. Approach student behaviors with curiosity about what underlying needs they are trying to meet. #edchat #cpchat
— David Geurin (@DavidGeurin) December 22, 2016
Good Advice On “De-Escalating Power Struggles In The Classroom”
New Study Finds That Threats & Using Guilt Tend Not To Produce Student Engagement – Duh!
Atlantic Begins Intriguing Podcast Series Featuring Teachers AND Their Most “Challenging” Students
Focusing On The Impact Classroom Disruptions Have On Others, Not On The Students Doing The Disrupting
11 Research-Based Classroom Management Strategies is by Todd Finley.
Harvard Business Review Publishes Yet Another Excellent Guide To Classroom Management
9 Mistakes That Sabotage Your Classroom Management is by David Geurin.
This Is The Advice I Try To Follow Every Time I Have A Conflict With A Student Or Someone Else
3 Myths About Your Teen’s Bad Attitude is from TIME and shares good advice for parents and teachers alike.
Storytelling As A Classroom Management Strategy
Here’s An Article & Questions We Used For A Good Faculty Discussion On Classroom Management
Three Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers is from Bill Ferriter.
Teachers – And Everybody Else – Can Learn A Lot From This Southwest Pilot’s Audio Recording
Good Classroom Management Advice In The NY Times Today
The Impact Of Asking “Could” Instead Of “Should” In The Classroom
Guest Post: Classroom Management – Redirecting without Escalating
Essential Classroom Management Advice: Listen For The Emotions, Not The Words
Q&A Collections: Classroom Management Advice is the headline of one of my latest Education Week Teacher columns. It includes links to all posts from the past seven years on classroom management – in one place!
Shocker – NOT: Study Finds Not Sweating The Small Stuff Is A Good Classroom Management Strategy
The Role Of Empathy In Classroom Management
21 Phrases to Use in Dealing With Difficult Behaviors is by David Geurin.
EXCELLENT CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT ARTICLES IN ASCD “EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP”
YOU’RE UNLIKELY TO FIND MORE USEFUL ARTICLES TO HELP WITH STUDENT MOTIVATION THAN THESE TWO…
WHAT TEACHERS CAN LEARN FROM SERENA WILLIAMS & NAOMI OSAKA
Deconstructing Disruption in the Classroom is by Josh Parker.
I REALLY LIKE THIS NEW (TO ME) STRATEGY I’VE BEEN TRYING THIS YEAR TO ENCOURAGE STUDENT INTRINSIC MOTIVATION
10 Tips to Maintain Positive Student Behavior is by Rita Platt at Middleweb.
‘Add More Positives’ When Your Classroom Goes South is the headline of one of my latest Education Week Teacher columns. A three-part series on classroom management is wrapped up by Julia Thompson, Rebecca Alber, Madeline Whitaker Good, Stuart Ablon, Alisha Pollastri, Allen Mendler, and Kelly Wickham Hurst. I’ve also included many responses from readers.
Guest Post – Classroom Management: Redirecting without Escalating – Circling Back (Part Two)
This comic offers a pretty good classroom management mindset:
THIS ARTICLE IS ONE OF THE BEST PIECES I’VE READ ON CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
WAYS TO TURN A BAD TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP INTO A GOOD ONE
Compassion-Based Strategies for Managing Classroom Behavior appeared in MindShift.
IMPORTANT CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT REMINDER: CURIOSITY CAN WORK BETTER THAN JUDGMENT
How To Fix A Talkative Class is from Smart Classroom Management.
8 ways to change a child’s ‘bad’ behavior is from The Washington Post.
The Power of Restorative Conversations is from CT3.
8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips is from Edutopia.
Addressing Persistent Defiance is from Edutopia.
This is a really good list. I’ve tried some of these before and they work! #edchat #mtbos #iteachmath https://t.co/Z0mpNvgoij
— Bobson Wong (@bobsonwong) November 27, 2019
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS THREE TRIED-AND-TRUE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
I previously have shared a post about one of the best articles on classroom management that I had seen (see This Article Is One Of The Best Pieces I’ve Read On Classroom Management). It discussed a paper talking about a technique called “Establish-Maintain-Restore.” I just learned that the paper itself recently was published.
THE NEXT TIME YOU GET FRUSTRATED BY STUDENT BEHAVIOR, THINK OF THIS….
7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them is from Edutopia.
It can be hard to tell what’s going on behind a child’s misbehavior at any given moment.
Graphic by GoZen: Anxiety Relief for Children pic.twitter.com/IgNV3X9u4H
— MindShift (@MindShiftKQED) July 7, 2021
6 Ideas to Support Students in a Fight, Flight, Freeze Response is from The Teaching Channel.
Who would have thought that Bored Panda, of all places, would do a feature on supposed ‘disrespectful’ comments made by students and then ask me for my suggestions on how teachers should respond to them? They did! You can check it out here.
Helpful Advice On How Teachers Can Respond To Students They Find “Challenging”
Nice Edutopia Review Of Classroom Management Research
What Do Young People Want At Work – And, Probably, At School, Too? Respect
When Is It Time To Let Students Sleep In Class?
What Schools Need Now: Relational Discipline is from ASCD.
Study Finds – To No Teacher’s Surprise – That Praising More Than Reprimanding Gets Results
Preach 🙌🏻 https://t.co/IITZA01yaR
— Joe Mullikin (@joemullikin86) January 13, 2022
There’s No Easy Protocol for Handling Classroom Conflict. We Must Challenge Ourselves. appeared in Ed Surge.
THIS TEACHER’S RECENT EXPERIENCE OF THROWING THINGS AGAINST A WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS
Why do we convince ourselves that students are misbehaving on purpose? is from Chalkbeat.
I don’t remember who said it first but like 70% of classroom management starts with the adult(s) managing their own behavior/reactions.
— ساره حيدر (@ravenclawthots) March 9, 2022
Preventative Behaviour Strategies is from Bright Spots.
Trading ‘Please focus’ for ‘How are you?’: A listening strategy that’s helping some teachers improve the classroom experience is from Chalkbeat.
What New Teachers Really Need to Know About Classroom Management is from ASCD.
A Relationship-Driven Strategy for Addressing Challenging Behavior is from Edutopia.
Want more meaningful classroom management? Here are 8 questions teachers can ask themselves. is from KQED.
Been using these all year. https://t.co/UjMPXymZwV
— Alice is crocheting (@alicemercer) November 11, 2022
Thank you @edutopia for this quote as we can so easily personalize and misunderstand behaviors. pic.twitter.com/8ILbROn6ry
— Lori Desautels (@desautels_phd) February 10, 2023
Using Curiosity as a Way to Defuse Power Struggles is from Edutopia. You might also be interested in “Be Curious, Not Judgmental.”
teacher says she pulled back student’s hijab mistakenly thinking it was hoodie. If that was, indeed, the case, was still a huge mistake. Physically pulling a student’s hoodie down, or physically grabbing a cellphone, or doing anything forcibly, is never going 2 lead 2 good result https://t.co/FNqauGJHT0
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 1, 2023