Top Ten Classroom Management Ideas and Resources

by Laura Gurley on October 18, 2011

Classroom Management. Whether you are looking to control a rowdy class, capture the heart of a disrespectful student, or encourage kids to turn in their homework on time, effective classroom management is an ever-moving target. Class personalities, student ages, season of the year, the presence of that one student {yes, you know the one}, can sometimes have even experienced teachers searching for new ideas. If that happens to be you, I hope the following list of resources and ideas will be helpful. I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching, and these are some of the best ideas I’ve seen on the web.  You know, for those few moments when your class doesn’t look quite like this:

{Some of} The Best Classroom Management Resources and Ideas

1. Laura Candler’s Classroom Management Strategies Resource Page. {If you click one link, go here for a quick overview of ideas and a gajillion free resources. Laura Candler has a host of practical ideas and resources for teachers of any level. Free printables, charts, tips, techniques. Really, you’ll learn something new.}

2. Behavior Plans and Charts. {Over at The Cornerstone for Teachers, this resource includes several practical ideas for instilling positive behavior in the whole class, as well as detailed instructions– including a how-to video– of how to create an individual behavior plan.}

3. World’s Easiest Token System. {Detailed instructions on how to create and maintain a token system for behavior that has literally won awards. Again, over at Excellent idea! You can also check out her suggestions for making class rules– another informative post.}

4. Classroom Management Ideas for Elementary Students. {This helpful list has about 30 simple, practical ideas for classroom management for students ages 5 to 11.}

5.50 Behavior Management Strategies, Relationally-Speaking. {This compilation of 50 ideas was compiled by a group of teachers and can be used for students of all ages, particularly middle and high school students. Many of the ideas focus on practical ways to build relationships with the kids in your classroom.}

6. Classroom Management Ideas for Young Children. {Another list of simple behavior management ideas for elementary students.}

7. Getting Class Control, Elementary Aged. {Seven simple ideas to control talking and get the group’s attention. Ideas include using a “talk thing,” “do the wave,” and “high-fives.” Super practical and effective with the preschoolers I’ve helped teach!}

8.  How to Keep Kids Busy When They Finish Work Early. {If you haven’t already spent time at TeachingBlogAddict, then you really must. This practical idea for occupying students during class time was first posted by Hadar at the adorable blog Miss Kindergarten. It’s called the “I’m Done Jar.” Awesome idea you could tweak for any age!}

9.  True Story of a Troubled Kid Turned Model Student. {This is an encouraging story about a high school student who was disturbing her classroom daily, including name-calling and knocking over desks. See how this teacher practically turned Trouble into Success through fostering a RELATIONSHIP with the young man.}

10. A Simple Way to Get Parents Involved in a Positive Behavior Plan. {Kathy over at the blog First Grade a la carte, posted a great idea of asking parents to sign up in the beginning of the year to bring in weekly prizes for those students who had good behavior and completed homework. This particular system works best for elementary students, but the idea of having parents provide the classroom rewards works for any age — and gets you out of spending money at The Dollar Store!}

If you need to peruse free and inexpensive printable resources and e-books, you can always search the teacher-created products over at the site TeachersPayTeachers– always an excellent resource. You can specifically find their listings under Classroom Management here.

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