Classroom Management Q&A

Educator Alyssa Nicol is here to answer your questions related to classroom management and school climate/culture.

SOS I’m a first year teacher. I’m at a VERY challenging school district & a different culture than I’ve ever been around before. I cant get through a full day’s lesson! I spend more time disciplining!

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SOS!!! I’m struggling so bad! I’m a first year teacher and I’m struggling to gain my students respect, therefore my classroom management looks like you know what! Help please!!!!

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Anyone have any tips on how to hold students accountable for non graded activities?

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Is anyone using Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in their classroom or school wide? Reading a book (cover attached) and I have so many things to discuss!!!

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I have used Dojo and Bloomz in the past. Want to use a classroom behavior management system that doesn’t require me to be logged into an app/site. My upcoming 4th graders are a tough group

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This will be my 9th year in teaching but I’m changing grade levels in the fall and I feel like I’ve suddenly forgotten e v e r y t h i n g I know about classroom management! Please share your tips.

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What are some of your favorite beginning of the year activities for creating a sense of community in your classroom?

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Thanks for doing this Alyssa! My school's changing to block scheduling and I'm nervous that I won't be able to retain everyone's attention with extended class time. Any tips for transitioning?

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My students eventually get bored and restless when it comes to a classroom routine esp towards the end of the year. How can I keep things interesting but also consistent?

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As much as we should reward good behavior, I feel like it can be tricky sometimes. What's the best way to recognize when this happens?

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I've had some international students in my classroom the last couple of years. In your experience, what have been some best practices when having to deal with cultural differences?

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Anyone with experience on managing students with ODD? (Oppositional Defiance Disorder)

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What kind of rules/expectations have you established that support student learning? Are students involved in creating them?

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I need a way to manage the phones. The students have them out, refuse to put them away when asked, or “hide” them on their lap, and are constantly distracted by listening to their headphones

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Using this thread to build a tool-kit of strategies that helped transform my classroom and school community. I’ll be dropping resources here throughout the day. Feel free to comment and share yours 🛠

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I am given a scenario in an interview regarding a student who is running around the class, not listening to the teacher, and not doing work. What is the best way to respond to the interviewers?

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So excited to share the strategies and resources that helped to transform my classroom and school community tomorrow! Keep the great questions coming!

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First year teacher here! Thoughts on coming in on day 1 with a structured participation point system and/or what this looks like in your class if you use one?

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What are some best practices when it comes to approaching parents about their child's behavior in the classroom? I'm always afraid it'll make me look like the "bad guy"

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In your experience, how often should I change my seating chart? I've also gone back and forth about incorporating flexible seating but am afraid it'll be a disaster

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