Create an inviting and safe learning environment through effective classroom organization, procedures, and behavior management.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective teachers plan, manage, and create an environment where instruction and learning are the focus. The environment includes keeping students thoroughly engaged and learning, managing their behavior, and using procedures to increase instructional time.

What Effective Teachers Consider

Does my planning allow me to be organized? Do my procedures minimize learning disruptions? Am I consistent in managing student behavior? Do I use instructional time effectively? Is my classroom organized, inviting, and centered around learning?

  • Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College
    (Doug Lemov, Jossey-Bass Inc., San Francisco, CA, 2010)
    Chapter 6 specifically discusses how to set and maintain high behavioral expectations.
  • Conscious Classroom Management: Unlocking the Secrets of Great Teaching
    (Rick Smith, Corwin Press, Fairfax, CA, 2004)
    This book gives concrete examples of effective classroom management.
  • What Great Teachers Do Differently: 14 Things That Matter Most
    (Todd Whitaker, Eye On Education, Larchmont, NY, 2004)
    Expectations, Consequences, and making it “Cool to Care,” coupled with fourteen “Things that Matter Most.” (Easy Read)
  • PBS Classroom Structure – Be All You Can Be, Youth Services PBS Coaches.
    This slideshow that can be downloaded discusses room environment, classroom climate, behavior expectations, behavior interventions, procedures, and bell-to-bell instruction. A rubric and examples/non-examples are included in each section (106 pages)
  • 100 Classroom Organizing Tricks, Scholastic.
    This list of 100 teacher tips will give ideas for creating a beautiful, organized, and efficient environment, from no-mess glitter shakers to one-minute dance party transitions.
  • Teaching Procedures, The Teacher Toolkit.
    View a video of a teacher who discusses how she implements procedures in her classroom and then examine a list of steps to implement procedures.