Ch 1: Classroom Management Ideas for Teachers

About This Chapter

This chapter offers classroom management ideas and strategies that you can apply to your classroom to create an effective and agreeable learning environment for all students. These lessons will help you develop strong classroom management skills.

Classroom Management Ideas for Teachers - Chapter Summary

From behavior management strategies to classroom management systems, this chapter covers techniques and practices designed to help you maintain control, use positive rewards and implement point systems, time-out and other techniques to successfully manage your classroom. You will learn how to use specific tools and behavior modification practices that help you control various situations and ensure a well-managed classroom. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Planned ignoring strategies
  • Definitions and uses of positive, logical and natural consequences
  • Effective use of time-out and time-out alternatives
  • Using behavior incentive charts
  • Aspects of SLANT and CHAMPs classroom management techniques and systems
  • How to manage talkative students
  • Example of a classroom behavior change contract
  • Classroom management strategies for substitute, middle school math and elementary school teachers
  • Applying classroom management techniques for group work
  • Strategies for proximity control and point systems
  • How punishment plays a role in classroom management

Review video and text lessons at your own pace and convenience with 24/7 accessibility from your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can even print video lesson transcripts for easy reference. Measure your comprehension of each strategy discussed in this chapter by taking lesson-specific self-assessment quizzes and determine your full understanding of all concepts with a final course exam.

How It Helps

  • Ensures a successful learning environment: Employs techniques and strategies that keep distractions and negative behaviors to a minimum to create an effective learning environment for all students.
  • Focuses on student success: Outlines practices that keep students focused on learning to encourage their achievement in the classroom.
  • Shows proper usage of classroom management techniques: Details how to successfully implement strategies in your classroom and uses examples to illustrate how and when to apply these practices.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the use of planned ignoring, behavior incentive charts, point systems and a behavior change contract
  • Use time-out and alternative ways to handle difficult behaviors
  • Implement SLANT and CHAMPs classroom management techniques in your classroom
  • Create a behavior matrix
  • Manage talkative students and avoid power struggles in the classroom
  • Apply effective strategies in middle school math and elementary classrooms
  • Utilize classroom management techniques as a substitute teacher
  • Use classroom management techniques effective for group work in the classroom
  • Know when to use proximity control
  • Understand the role of punishment as a classroom management tool

41 Lessons in Chapter 1: Classroom Management Ideas for Teachers
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Classroom Behavior Change Contract Sample

1. Classroom Behavior Change Contract Sample

If you are trying to help modify your students' behavior, it can help to have a contract with them. This lesson offers a sample of how a behavior change contract can look.

Role of Punishment in Classroom Management

2. Role of Punishment in Classroom Management

While the word punishment has a negative connotation, the intention behind the word stems from a positive place. In this lesson we will learn about the role of punishment in the classroom and how it's used as a form of classroom management.

Classroom Management for Middle School Math

3. Classroom Management for Middle School Math

To manage middle school students teachers have to capture their attention, interest, and keep them focused. This lesson discusses management strategies in the math classroom.

SLANT Classroom Management Technique

4. SLANT Classroom Management Technique

In this lesson, we'll look at SLANT, which is an effective classroom management strategy that allows you to teach students to use their body language as a tool to engage in the content. After learning about this technique, you'll be able to test your new knowledge with a quiz.

CHAMPs Classroom Management System

5. CHAMPs Classroom Management System

If you are curious about the CHAMPs system of classroom management, or if you just want to learn about a new style of running your classroom, take a look at the lesson below. We will explore the CHAMPs method and take a look at how it can be implemented in the classroom.

Talkative Students: Classroom Management & Strategies

6. Talkative Students: Classroom Management & Strategies

In this lesson, we will examine strategies for helping you as a teacher deal with students who talk excessively or at inappropriate times. We will specifically focus on verbal and nonverbal reminders, changing delivery methods, and redirection.

Classroom Behavior & Expectations Matrix for Teachers

7. Classroom Behavior & Expectations Matrix for Teachers

In this lesson, we will discuss how to create a classroom behavior and expectations matrix for teachers to use in the classroom. An example will be provided.

Proximity Control in the Classroom: Meaning & Strategy

8. Proximity Control in the Classroom: Meaning & Strategy

Classroom management is essential to creating an effective learning environment. In this lesson, we will discuss the classroom management strategy of proximity control, including how to use it and what its positive effects are.

Strategies to Avoid Power Struggles in the Classroom

9. Strategies to Avoid Power Struggles in the Classroom

In this lesson, we will talk about ways you can avoid having power struggles with your students during class. When students try to start a power struggle, it helps to recognize it so you can disengage.

Classroom Management for Substitute Teachers

10. Classroom Management for Substitute Teachers

As a substitute teacher, one of your jobs is to maintain and manage student behavior. This lesson will give you several strategies you can use for good classroom management as a substitute teacher.

Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary School

11. Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary School

What can make or break an elementary school teacher? The answer is classroom management. The most successful elementary school teachers have exemplary classroom management skills that have developed over time through building a tool box of strategies.

Classroom Management Strategies for Group Work

12. Classroom Management Strategies for Group Work

Managing group work can be challenging for teachers. It seems as if you have groups being unproductive, or arguing, or just in general not getting anything accomplished. However, a few simple strategies can make all the difference in turning group work into a positive and successful experience for everyone.

Point Systems for Behavior Management in the Classroom

13. Point Systems for Behavior Management in the Classroom

Every teacher wants to promote good behavior, but how can they do that? In this lesson, we'll explore point systems in the classroom, including how they can encourage good behavior and discourage misbehavior.

Using Logical Consequences in the Classroom: Definition & Examples

14. Using Logical Consequences in the Classroom: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine using logical consequences in the classroom. The logical consequences we will discuss include: solving problems, loss of privileges, and time-out.

Natural Consequences in the Classroom: Definition & Examples

15. Natural Consequences in the Classroom: Definition & Examples

Behavior management can be one of the biggest challenges classroom teachers face. This lesson helps you understand what it means to work with natural consequences in the classroom setting.

Planned Ignoring in the Classroom: Strategy & Examples

16. Planned Ignoring in the Classroom: Strategy & Examples

In this lesson, we will go over what planned ignoring means and when it can be used. We will discuss why it is effective in the classroom and talk about specific ways to implement it.

Positive Consequences in the Classroom: Definition & Examples

17. Positive Consequences in the Classroom: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will go over the basics of using consequences in the classroom, specifically focusing on positive consequences. We will talk about why they are used and some examples of how to use them.

Using Time-Out Effectively in the Classroom: Strategies & Procedures

18. Using Time-Out Effectively in the Classroom: Strategies & Procedures

When disciplining students, educators often employ strategies that help improve classroom environment in a learning-conducive manner, like time-out, a method of controlling inattentive behavior. Knowing these strategies and their steps is essential for effective classroom management.

Alternatives to Time-Out in the Classroom

19. Alternatives to Time-Out in the Classroom

As teachers, we can come to rely heavily on time-outs as a way of handling difficult behaviors in the classroom. This lesson gives you some different ideas for helping children ameliorate their behaviors.

Strategies for Task Avoidance Behaviors in the Classroom

20. Strategies for Task Avoidance Behaviors in the Classroom

In this lesson we'll learn how to approach the challenging behavior of task avoidance. Here, you'll learn how to get to the root cause of task avoidance and practical strategies to try in your classroom.

Preventive Approach to Classroom Management Strategies

21. Preventive Approach to Classroom Management Strategies

How can teachers prevent misbehavior from happening? How can they stop it before it ever gets started? In this lesson, we'll look at preventive discipline, including how it allows teachers to prevent misbehavior, and how it can be implemented in the classroom.

Supportive Approach to Classroom Management Strategies

22. Supportive Approach to Classroom Management Strategies

How can teachers head off misbehavior early on? In this lesson, we'll take a look at supportive discipline and how it allows teachers to stop misbehavior in its earliest stages through helping students get back on task.

Self-Discipline Approach to Classroom Management

23. Self-Discipline Approach to Classroom Management

Every teacher wants to have good behavior in the classroom. But is there a way to increase good behavior and also boost students' self-discipline? In this lesson, we'll explore the self-discipline approach to classroom management.

Ecological Approach to Classroom Management

24. Ecological Approach to Classroom Management

How do different elements of teaching impact student behavior? In this lesson, we'll explore the ecological approach to classroom management, which looks at how different elements can help prevent misbehavior.

Hierarchical Approach to Classroom Management

25. Hierarchical Approach to Classroom Management

How do teachers discipline different types of infractions? And what about students who repeatedly misbehave? In this lesson, we'll explore the hierarchical approach to classroom management and how it addresses these questions.

Autocratic Approach to Classroom Management

26. Autocratic Approach to Classroom Management

How can the way that teachers teach influence classroom management? In this lesson, we'll look at autocratic teaching strategies, including what they are, their pros and cons, and how they impact classroom management.

Permissive Approach to Classroom Management

27. Permissive Approach to Classroom Management

How can teachers create an engaging classroom environment? In this lesson, we'll look at permissive teaching strategies and how they impact classroom management and student learning.

Hybrid Approaches to Classroom Management

28. Hybrid Approaches to Classroom Management

Managing a classroom can be challenging for new and experienced educators alike. Let's learn about blending multiple approaches to classroom management to create a comprehensive plan for your classroom.

Group Guidance Approach to Classroom Management

29. Group Guidance Approach to Classroom Management

Did you know that most discipline problems are triggered in groups of students? The group guidance approach to classroom management helps teachers understand group defiance by looking at root causes to guide students to a better way forward.

Refocusing Strategies for Students in the Classroom

30. Refocusing Strategies for Students in the Classroom

What is a teacher to do when students get off track during a lesson? Should we call them out or ignore the behavior? In this lesson, we will learn about strategies that can be used to refocus students in the classroom that foster a warm and welcoming environment.

How to Deal with Disengaged Students

31. How to Deal with Disengaged Students

Teachers are often frustrated by students who are disengaged in class. This lesson will discuss strategies on how to deal with disengaged students in class and reignite their interest in learning.

How to Build Concentration in the Classroom

32. How to Build Concentration in the Classroom

With all the energy and curiosity in a classroom of children, it's amazing that teaching gets accomplished every day. In this lesson we will learn about how to build concentration including which distractions can be prevented before class begins.

History Class Participation Rubric

33. History Class Participation Rubric

If you are a history teacher, then class participation is probably an important part of how you help students make sense of material. This lesson offers a rubric you can use to assess and encourage your students' participation.

Foreign Language Class Participation Rubric

34. Foreign Language Class Participation Rubric

For teachers of foreign languages, class participation is crucial! This lesson offers a rubric you can use to help ensure that your students participate in your class and are assessed fairly.

Music Class Participation Rubric

35. Music Class Participation Rubric

Are you trying to help your students do a better job participating in music class? This lesson offers a rubric example that you can use to increase participation and make sure you are assessing your students fairly and responsibly.

Incomplete Homework Notice Template

36. Incomplete Homework Notice Template

Letting students or families know about missing or incomplete homework in a systematic way can really help with accountability and responsibility. This lesson offers a template for an incomplete homework notice that you can use with your students.

The Learning Cycle Lesson Plan

37. The Learning Cycle Lesson Plan

Did you know that learning actually follows a cycle? There are three steps in the learning cycle. In this lesson, we will take a close look at all three steps and complete an activity that will make these steps easy to remember.

The Learning Cycle: Model & Steps

38. The Learning Cycle: Model & Steps

This lesson will look at the learning cycle as a process that can be applied in the elementary classroom and beyond. We'll outline each of the three steps: exploration, concept development and concept application.

John Dewey on Education Lesson Plan

39. John Dewey on Education Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about John Dewey. Students will watch a video and answer questions that will enable them to describe Dewey's educational philosophies and impact on today's approaches to education.

John Dewey's Philosophy of Education Lesson Plan

40. John Dewey's Philosophy of Education Lesson Plan

How did John Dewey approach learning and teaching? This video lesson introduces the educational philosophy of John Dewey, and the following activity challenges students to put theory into practice.

Classroom Management Techniques Lesson Plan

41. Classroom Management Techniques Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces key concepts of effective classroom management, including creating a positive environment, engaging students, and developing class rules. Students will participate in activities to create valuable material to manage their classrooms.

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