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Q & A Collections: Classroom Management Advice

By Larry Ferlazzo — July 16, 2015 2 min read

I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in late August, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past four years. You can see all those collections from the first three years here.

Today’s theme - the first one in this summer series - is on classroom management. You can see the list following this excerpt from one of them:

From 2014/15

1. Positive Classroom Management Strategies - Part One

Educators Bryan Harris, Marcia Imbeau, Pernille Ripp, Gianna Cassetta, Brook Sawyer and Julia Thompson share their advice in this post.

2. Managing Classrooms by ‘Teaching Students, Not Subjects’

Kelly Bergman, Patty O’Grady, ReLeah Lent, Barry Gilmore, and Bethany Bernasconi share their thoughts here.

3. Response: Goal Of Classroom Management Is To Have Power ‘With,’ Not ‘Over,’ Kids

Educators Dr. Debbie Silver, Richard L. Curwin, and Marcia L. Tate provide guest responses.

4. Response: Keeping ‘The Big Picture in Mind’ While Managing Classrooms

This post features two special contributions: one from well-known educator (and regular contributor to this column) Suzie Boss, who talks about the tricky subject of classroom management specifically during Project-Based Learning lessons; and the other from ASCD author Jane Bluestein. In addition, I include multiple comments from readers.

From 2011/12

1. Several Ways to Connect With Disengaged Students

Assistant Principal Jim Peterson and author Jim Anderson share their suggestions. Jim’s downloadable instructions for conducting “walk-and-talks” with students seemed to particularly strike a chord with readers.

2. Several Ways To Respond To “Unpredictable” Student Behavior

Dr. Marvin Marshall and I share practical positive -- not punitive -- classroom management strategies.

3. Classroom Management Suggestions -- Part Three

My colleague and co-author (The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide) Katie Hull-Sypnieski and I share even more positive classroom management ideas.

4. Classroom Management Advice From Readers of Ed Week Teacher

Nine experienced educators, including Nancy Gardner from the Teacher Leaders Network and David B. Cohen from Accomplished California Teachers, discuss the role of relationships and respect in the classroom.

5. Several Classroom Management Ideas For Younger Students

Teachers Jane Ching Fung, Mathew Needleman, and Tom Hobson write about the particular classroom management issues of very young students and how best to respond to them.

6. Several Classroom Management Suggestions -- Part One

Author/Educators Annette Breaux, Roxanna Elden, Harry Wong, and Gary Rubinstein contribute their thoughts in this column.

7. Several Ways To Help Students Develop Self-Control

Professor and author Roy F. Baumeister discusses his research on self-contol as a resource that can be depleted -- and then needs to be replenished. I share my experiences applying his research findings in the classroom.

8. Classroom Management Suggestions From My Colleagues

Several of my friends and colleagues, including a California Teacher of the Year and an administrator who I consider my mentor in classroom management, contribute what they’ve learned through their experiences.

The opinions expressed in Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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