I am often asked by teachers for advice on classroom management. We are always looking for ways to more effectively manage our classrooms.

The ABCs of Classroom Management

We want to know how to deal with challenging behaviour and we want to help our students to be on-task and increasingly focused during our lessons.

Here are my Classroom Management ABCs:

  1. Always be yourself
  2. Believe in your students
  3. Continue to learn and grow
  4. Develop systems that work for you
  5. Engage your students every time
  6. Focus on developing your skills
  7. Glean advice from others
  8. Have a classroom management plan
  9. Insist on compliance
  10. Jump in and try something new
  11. Keep control of your emotions
  12. Learn how to handle difficult situations
  13. Manage your classroom with confidence
  14. Notice the little things
  15. Observe student behaviour diligently
  16. Persevere with challenging students
  17. Question and critique your own actions
  18. Remain passionate
  19. Speak kind words
  20. Take personal responsibility
  21. Understand consistency is the key
  22. Value your students’ thoughts
  23. Wait for every student to be attentive
  24. Xpect the very best from your students
  25. Yearn to become a better classroom manager
  26. Zoom in and focus on student behaviour

Episode Resources

Several resources and links were mentioned in this episode:

  1. 65 Classroom Management Tips, Ideas and Strategies
  2. Classroom Management Super Pack – ten audio sessions, workbook, progress plan, certificate and more – all designed to help you be an outstanding classroom manager.
  3. 6 Deadly Classroom Management Mistakes
Positive Behaviour Proforma
Positive Behaviour Proforma
A printable proforma that you can use for classroom management and rewarding positive behaviour.


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