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Principles: Outstanding Classroom Management
Surveys and study by Samer Rabadi, Betty Ray - Edutopia, 2017
1. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR STUDENTS
As the airline safety videos say: Put on your own oxygen mask first.
2. FOCUS ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
This was the theme we heard the most: Building healthy student-teacher relationships is essential to a thriving classroom culture, and even sets the stage for academic success.
Many educators noted that a teacher’s ability to balance warmth and strong boundaries is key to successful relationships—and classroom management. “Be consistent but flexible. Love them unconditionally, but hold them accountable. Give them voice but be the leader,” said Rae Rudzinski.
3. SET RULES, BOUNDARIES, AND EXPECTATIONS (AND DO IT EARLY)
Students don’t thrive amid chaos. They need some basic structure—and consistency—to feel safe and to focus. Predictability counts: “Follow through with rewards and consequences. If you say it, mean it. And if you mean it, say it. Be clear, be proactive, and be consistent,” said Lori Sheffield.
4. TAKE A STRENGTH-BASED APPROACH
In a long back-and-forth about classroom management practices, it might have been the most memorable quote: “Find ways to make your hardest kid your favorite kid,” said Karen Yenofsky, turning a nearly perfect phrase and triggering an avalanche of teacher love. “When you connect with them... it makes everything smoother.” Cultural differences can also play an unconscious role in our expectations of whether a student will succeed, so it’s important to reflect on any stereotypes that come up for you.
5. INVOLVE PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
“Never forget that every student is someone’s child,” writes Molly Francis, echoing many teachers in our thread. “Parents/guardians/caregivers want to hear that you see the good in their child. A positive connection with home can often help in the classroom.”