Although attention getting tips and tricks can be clever in-the-moment strategies:

flashing the classroom lights to get your student's attention,

clapping hands to a beat to transition class,

passing a "talking stick" around the room to coordinate communication

creating token economies (prizes like candy for answering questions or doing "good things")

Thea are not activites don't typically endure throughout the year and transfer from class to class, student to student. The most effective classroom management strategies are embedded into the choices we make as teachers as we

design curriculum,

choose texts,

establish classroom communication norms.


It can be argued that true mastery of classroom management occurs when the students begin to manage themselves. it's imperative that we explore how to engage our students for extended periods of time thinking and acting as Mathematicians, scientists, readers, writers, and historians and not as corralled cattle being moved around the farmyard.


So How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class? What are some enduring strategies that we can identify and use in our classrooms?



Tools for your Classroom Management Tool Box

Watch for these tools to be demonstrated in your TB2F Academic Coursework and in your site placements/classrooms/schools.

Strategy #1-Start Class with a Mind Warm-Up

Organize teams of student to work together on a puzzle or challenge then, tie that challenge back to the topic you are teaching (remember the card games about language in 524).

Teach Students How to Collaborate

Work in collaborative groups. In some cases you'll need to organize the groups yourself. At other times students can choose groups on their own. When you give each person in the group a job to do then the whole group is more likely to remain engaged and on track. Here are some of the duties that you can assign to small group members: scribe or note taker, group reporter, researcher, illustrator of ideas, media manager

Run a Tight Ship When Giving Instructions