Sometimes, the best way to figure out whether a strategy will work in your class is to first see it working in another teacher’s room.
In these videos from our editorial partners at Teaching Channel, master educators demonstrate the classroom-management techniques they use to keep students engaged and focused from the minute class starts until the last student leaves.
This collection of short clips covers creative strategies for passing out papers, getting the class’ attention, using humor to build relationships, and more. Head to Teaching Channel‘s full site for more videos of classroom teachers in action.
Engaging Students: Make It a Competition
An 8th grade math teacher explains how and why she makes passing out papers into a competition—every time students do it.
Physical Release: Reviving the Room
Having kids do a class drumroll or breathing exercises can help refocus them, explains a 5th grade teacher.
Choreograph Your Classroom
A 3rd grade teacher offers tips on building smooth transitions into lessons and routines to create a more efficient and consistent learning environment.
Don’t Smile ‘Til December? Humor in the Classroom
Humor is “essential,” says a high school teacher, “because kids are funny and you have to spend at least six hours a day” with them. See how she keeps everyone laughing.
Attention Getter: Say the Secret Word
In this classroom, students choose a secret word at the beginning of the year, which the teacher can then use to command their attention at any time.
Setting and Achieving High Expectations
Practicing routines starting on the first day is critical to a well-run classroom, says a middle school teacher.
Ask Three Then Me
Students in this 1st grade classroom know to ask three peers for help before going to the teacher.