Association of Texas Professional Educators
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Classroom Management Strategies

Get a handle on classroom discipline from the very beginning of the school year by reinforcing positive behavior and addressing rule infractions.

Prevent off-task or disruptive behavior
  • Maintain lesson momentum.
  • Offer challenging experiences.
  • Avoid situations that put students in long lines or make them wait for the next activity.
  • Before each class begins, write instructions or objectives for assignments, questions to ponder, or curriculum-related puzzles on the board.
  • Continuously monitor the classroom, and teach students how to pay attention, follow directions and ask for help.
Establish classroom rules

Encourage your students to follow classroom rules by involving them in the rule-making process. Ask students to come up with their top five rules as a group. Visibly display them in the classroom, and revisit them often.

Make classroom rules stick
  • Make sure rules revolve around respect and cooperation.
  • State rules positively, and allow for student discussion and clarification.
  • Present rules orally, post them in your classroom, and send a copy of them home for parents to review and return with a signature.
  • Remind students of expected behavior by enforcing consequences and rewarding successes.
  • Always praise and reward cooperation and time spent on task.
  • Avoid using writing assignments as punishment because doing so might cause students to equate writing with negative feelings.
  • Review campus and district discipline management plans with your campus administrator or mentor teacher, and consult with either for guidance throughout the year.
  • Because some students respond emotionally if they fail at their schoolwork, build self-esteem by giving students opportunities to succeed and steadily increasing the difficulty of assignments.
  • Avoid taking away recess or other opportunities for physical activity as a consequence for breaking rules. Physical activity has been proven to stimulate learning and serves as an outlet for students to expend extra energy.
  • Never resort to corporal punishment unless your actions are in strict compliance with district policy.

Most of all, remember to keep a good sense of humor. Admit it when you make a mistake, and be able to laugh at yourself!