Classroom Management Fundamentals

New Teachers: Fundamentals of Classroom Management

New teachers should be familiar with the following classroom management essentials: Four simple strategies that you can put into action right away to help students learn more effectively in the classroom. (Source: Edutopia, 2017)
19 Classroom Management Strategies for Large and Small Groups: Read on to learn about a few important strategies to keep in mind, as well as over a dozen quick interventions that can help students stay focused on their studies.. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
Questions about Classroom Management that are critical to the big picture are as follows: Be mindful of how you organise your space, what learning looks like, and how you’re establishing relationships with families before getting into the specifics of your programme. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Listed below are five quick classroom management tips for new teachers: Straightforward classroom-management strategies that you can put into action right away, without any training. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Here are five suggestions for making group work more manageable: Small-group effectiveness can be increased by clarifying the task, concentrating on production, modelling successful behaviour, building community, and keeping an eye on progress, time, and sound. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
Advice for Students in the Primary Grades

Tips for the Primary Grades

Classroom Management: The 5 Priorities: Learn how to effectively manage a classroom by building relationships, leveraging time, and creating behavioural standards for students. (Source: Edutopia, 2017)
Explore effective strategies for beginning and ending each day with focus, purpose, and a sense of community in this session on 6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
Making the Most of the First Month of School in the Elementary Classroom: Learn about the most important goals for the first few weeks of school, as well as sample activities that can assist you in meeting those goals. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Learn eight survival skills for the first day of kindergarten in this article written for teachers who work with young students. (Source: Edutopia, 2013)
Download a practice guide that contains easily digestible, evidence-based recommendations for reducing behavior problems in the elementary school classroom (PDF file). (Institute of Education Sciences) (Institute of Education Sciences)
Guidelines for Students in the Middle and Secondary Grades

Tips for the Middle and Secondary Grades

In this article, you will learn how giving your students a choice about where and on what they can sit helps to improve classroom management. Flexible Seating in Middle School: Also see High School Flexible Seating Done Right for more information. (Source: Edutopia, 2017)
Respect is the foundation of adolescent learning engagement: Six strategies will assist you in developing respectful relationships with teenagers. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Expectations for Behaviour and Instructions on How to Meet Them: Discover the advantages of setting behavioral expectations for students and implementing best practices that are typically reserved for academic work. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Take a look at this video from a classroom management expert: Examine the strategies that English teacher Tyler Hester employs in his ninth-grade class to help his students succeed. More information on his approach can be found in 7 Tips for Better Classroom Management. (Source: Edutopia, 2013)
Classroom Management Strategies for Difficult Students: A Guide to Effective Practice Explore a variety of research-based recommendations tailored specifically to middle school teachers, students, and classrooms in the following sections. AMILE (Association for Middle-Level Education) is an acronym that stands for “Association for Middle-Level Education.”


More Important Than Rules: Relationships are more important than rules. Examine how community building, which begins on the first day of school, can aid in the development of a sense of responsibility in the classroom. (Source: Edutopia, 2017)
Rules and Routines in the Classroom: Discover the advantages of establishing classroom rules and procedures, as well as the importance of establishing consistent routines and procedures. (Source: Edutopia, last updated in 2017)
Expectations for Student Behavior and How to Teach Them: Innovative strategies for establishing clear expectations that students understand and are encouraged to uphold are discussed. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
The following are the five critical categories of rules: Learn more about the various purposes of classroom limits and rules by watching the video below! A first-person account of collaborating with students to develop a set of classroom rules is available in the article Creating Classroom Rules with a Bill of Student Rights (also available in English) (Edutopia, 2014)
Routines and procedures in the classroom: Take a look at this handy reference on common times and situations that may necessitate the use of procedures and procedures-related routines. (Learn more about NC)
Do you find yourself struggling with issues relating to the management of technology in your classroom? The posts that follow will assist you in dealing with common problems.

3 Strategies for Managing Cell Phone Use in the Classroom (Edutopia, 2017)
Classroom Management in a Technologically-Equipped Environment (Edutopia, 2014)


Whatever the subject matter, no matter how engaging the lessons, every teacher is bound to encounter disruptive and off-task behaviour in the classroom at some point. It is critical to developing strategies and interventions to prevent learning from being derailed. The posts that follow should be of assistance.
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Discover a simple and effective exercise that you can use to identify, address, and reverse disruptive and distracting behaviours before they become a source of contention. (Source: Edutopia, 2017)
The Fight Against Bad Behavior: High- and Low-Tech Solutions: Learn how digital tools such as PBIS World or ClassDojo, as well as strategies such as focused observation and simplified reporting, can assist you in dealing with challenging behaviour. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
Sometimes misbehaviour does not appear to be what it appears to be: Consider some of the possible reasons for student misbehaviour that you can think of. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
The Importance of Maintaining Your Cool: Examine the following suggestions for remaining calm in the classroom while still responding (and not reacting) to inappropriate behaviour. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
Classroom Management: An Intervention Strategy Two-Step: Learn about a two-step procedure for dealing with disruptions in the classroom. You might also be interested in reading How to Deal with Consequences. Look for suggestions on how to make the consequences more effective while you’re at work. (Source: Edutopia, last updated in 2015)


Strategies for gaining students’ attention are an important part of any teacher’s toolkit for managing a classroom environment. The resources listed below include ideas for grabbing students’ attention in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings.

Simple Interventions to Help Young Students Develop Self-Control: Learn about simple interventions that you can use to help students learn to pay attention, stay focused, and take responsibility for their learning by reading this article. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices: A variety of activities that can be used to help students calm and concentrate their minds are provided. (Source: Edutopia, 2016)
Strategies for Getting and Maintaining the Attention of the Brain: Learn effective strategies for maintaining and sustaining attention that tap into the appropriate neural networks. (Source: Edutopia, 2015)
25 Attention-Grabbing Strategies for the Classroom: Innovative and effective strategies for capturing or regaining students’ attention in the classroom. (2014) (Edutopia, 2014)
30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class: Examine practical strategies that can assist you in capturing students’ attention and restoring a sense of calm to a noisy environment. (2014) (Edutopia, 2014)
How do you maintain students’ interest once you have their attention? Explore a variety of resources on Edutopia’s Student Engagement page; start with Student Engagement: Resource Roundup for a good place to begin your research.


The development of strong and consistent relationships with students can aid new teachers in the establishment of a solid foundation for the implementation of other classroom management strategies. Are you unsure of where to begin? The articles and blog posts that follow describe specific, concrete strategies that new teachers can put into practice right away.

5 Strategies for Increasing Student Collaboration in the Classroom (Edutopia, 2016)
Connections, not consequences, are the key to success (Edutopia, 2016)
Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management, students can build relationships with one another (Edutopia, 2014)
Make Meaningful Connections With Your Students Using These 3 Techniques (Edutopia, 2014)
Developing Relationships in the Learning Environment (Edutopia, 2012)
Students learn best when they are in an environment where they are respected, supported, and valued by their teachers. Consider the following suggestions from experienced educators to assist students in thriving in a safe, positive, and open classroom environment: 1.

Creating a positive learning environment in any classroom can be accomplished in four ways (Edutopia, 2016)
Providing students with the tools they need to start the year on a positive note (Edutopia, Updated 2016)
The following are 20 suggestions for creating a safe learning environment (Edutopia, Updated 2015)
Building a strong class culture throughout the year is a top priority for new teachers (Teaching Channel, 2014)
Back to School: 3 Question Activities to Help Students Connect (Edutopia, 2014)


If you’re going through a difficult time, remember that you’re not by yourself. Hopefully, these posts will provide some encouragement.

Teachers who need a pick-me-up before another day of performance should read Todd Finley’s You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar: Overcoming Classroom Stage Fright, which is jam-packed with practical advice for overcoming stage fright.
It may be beneficial to read after a difficult day in the classroom. 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day of Teaching: Don’t Give Up!
The need to regain perspective when confronted with difficult classroom management situations is critical in this situation. Ben Johnson’s book, Like a Wood Duck: Finding Peace in the Classroom, offers some suggestions to help you regain your calm in the classroom setting.
Are you looking for additional information? Read Resources Toolkit for New Teachers to learn about other curated resources, and take a look at the New Teachers page for more information.