A major reason that students engage in off-task behavior is that they aren't engaged in their learning. Therefore, it stands to reason that a teacher's best management strategy is a highly engaging lesson plan. This article provides five tips for making this happen in the classroom.
This PowerPoint presentation covers research that demonstrates the connection between classroom management and learning. It also outlines tips for developing and implementing routines, rules, and consequences, and provides fascinating information about issues related to urban schools.
All learning takes place in the context of relationships, so the logical starting point for discussions about classroom management is the topic of classroom relationships. This blog post gives excellent tips for the relationship side to what goes on in the classroom. Mastering these tips will allow a teacher to have less work on the management side down the road.
This article from the National Education Association provides six excellent "pillars" on which to build a classroom management plan. It starts with the importance of relationships, like the previous blog posts discuss, and then it goes on to cover issues of relevance, responsibility, success, safety, and fun. Applied together, these pillars will make it far less likely that students will choose to misbehave.
For a deeper dive into the topic, it's wise to spend time with some of the major contributors to the field. In this book by education heavyweights, Robert J. Marzano, Janna S. Marzano, and Debra J. Pickering, all aspects of classroom management are covered along with a clear explanation of the research base behind the strategies.
This 15-minute video is the first of a three-part series by teacher, Linda Kardamis, that provides guidance on how to regain control of a class after it appears to be lost. It covers the use of class response sayings to get students' attention, how to eliminate distractions through a warning system, and how to change behavior with a "classroom shake-up." The other two videos can be found at http://teach4theheart.com/classroom-management-minicourse-3-days-to-regain-control-day-1/.
Most of this collection deals with what teachers need to do to manage classroom behavior effectively. But this infographic provides a different way to make a similar point! It include 10 things that teachers commonly do that unwittingly sabotages their ability to keep students on-task. Common things, like smiling when a students makes a funny comment to get the class off track and physically staying in the front of the room, can be major culprits!