Classroom Management Essentials

Learn how to manage your classroom and spend more time teaching rather than disciplining
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  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 6/2012 English

Course Description

Classroom management is consistently identified as a major concern for teachers. Yet, it is absolutely an essential component of effective teaching. This course helps teachers learn how to effectively manage a classroom.  The primary goal of the course is to introduce a practical model for understanding and deconstructing the tasks involved in the process of classroom management and on learning practical, easy to implement strategies that enable teachers to spend more time teaching rather than disciplining!

Specifically, participants in this course will learn:  

  • Common misconceptions about classroom management
  • How to develop effective rules and routines
  • The role relationships play in one’s classroom management plan
  • Techniques for preventing misbehavior
  • Strategies for dealing with minor and more serious misbehavior
  • Plus much, much more!

The course is divided into seven chapters.  Each chapter begins with a lecture presented by Dr. Tracey Garrett, a specialist in the field of classroom management.  Then, each chapter has a self-guided component where participants can review and expand on the material presented in the first lecture at their own pace.  Finally, the remaining lectures in each chapter are interviews of teachers at different grade levels offering insight into their practice. 

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Section 1: Introduction

Dr. Tracey Garrett describes Classroom Management Essentials, a self-guided, interactive, educational course, which helps teachers learn how to effectively manage a classroom.


Get ready to begin your journey to become an effective classroom manager!  Watch this video and you will learn some common misconceptions about classroom management.  In addition, you will be introduced to a practical model for thinking about classroom management.

Section 2: Physical Environment

Watch this video and learn more about how the physical environment of a classroom impacts a teacher’s ability to manage his or her class and some “best practices” for designing your own classroom!

9 pages

Explore some best practices for arranging the physical environment of your classroom.

12 pages

Examine the theory, pros and cons to four popular desk arrangements.


Hear why Janet likes having tables rather than traditional student desks in her classroom.


Listen to the variety of factors that Carmen considers when deciding on how to organize the physical environment of her classroom. 


What are the “must haves” in your classroom?  Hear what Emily has to say in response to this question!


Be sure to listen to Brian’s thoughts about how the placement of a teacher’s desk can convey various messages to the students.

Section 3: Rules & Routines

In this video, you will learn all about developing rules and routines for your classroom.  Questions such as - What are rules and routines?  How are they different?  Why do I need them? and much more will be addressed!

4 pages

Take a look at many potential rules for your classroom.

2 pages

Use these questions to evaluate your classroom rules.

4 pages

Explore the three different types of routines including class running, lesson running and interaction routines.


Hear about the routine that Janet thinks is the most essential with respect to developing an orderly environment.


Be sure to listen to why Carmen chooses to develop her classroom rules with her students.


Listen to why Emily believes that classroom rules and routines play such an integral role in her overall classroom management plan!


Hear how Brian uses brain research as a springboard to develop rules in his classroom!

Section 4: Caring Relationships

Why are relationships part of classroom management?  Watch this video to find out all about the role that caring relationships play in a teacher’s classroom management plan and some specific strategies to build relationships with and among your students!

5 pages

Check out the variety of strategies teachers can use to build relationships with and among their students.

19 pages

Hear what students have to say about caring teachers.


Listen to Janet discuss the benefits of letting students know that their teacher cares about them.


Hear how and why Carmen fosters caring relationships amongst her students.


Take note of the strategies Emily uses to let her students know that she cares about them.


Is it important for students to feel that their teacher cares about them?  Hear what Brian thinks!

Section 5: Engaging Instruction

Did you ever think about the relationship between engaging instruction and classroom management?  Well, watch this video to learn about how the two go hand in hand!

8 pages

Explore the various management aspects of a lesson.

2 pages

Follow these best practices to give directions effectively in your classroom.


Listen to Janet’s example illustrating the many management issues she considers while getting ready for a lesson!


Hear how Carmen thinks about the relationship between classroom management and engaging instruction.


Listen to what classroom management issues Emily thinks about when planning a lesson to ensure that it goes smoothly.


Take note of Brian’s tips for providing directions effectively.

Section 6: Discipline

Addressing discipline problems can be a difficult task for teachers!  Watch this video and learn some key behaviors that teachers can implement to prevent discipline problems from happening in the first place as well as some strategies for dealing with minor misbehavior in the classroom.


Sometimes situations arise that are more serious and require a different type of action on the part of the teacher.  Watch this video and learn some strategies for dealing with more serious misbehavior in the classroom!

7 pages

Explore sample logical consequences.

3 pages

Consider some sample rewards you can use in your own classroom.


How do you decide when to call a parent?  Hear what Janet thinks about this!


Listen to how Carmen deals with minor misbehavior in the classroom.


Should teachers treat all misbehavior in the same manner?  Listen to what Emily has to say about this!


Take note of how and when Brian might choose to use a behavior plan and/or consequences in his classroom.

Section 7: Closing
Meet The Teachers
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Instructor Biography

Tracey Garrett, Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Tracey Garrett earned her Ed. D. in elementary and early childhood education with a specialization in classroom management from The Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.  She is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Rider University in New Jersey and was awarded the University Distinguished Teaching award in 2012.  She is also a former elementary teacher with experience teaching at the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade level.  Her work has been published in a variety of professional journals such as the Journal of Classroom Interaction, the NJEA Review and The New Teacher Advocate.  She has also presented at both regional and national conferences such as the American Educational Research Association and the National Council for Teachers of English.  In addition, she has presented hundreds of professional development workshops on a variety of topics.  Tracey's unique combination of classroom management knowledge and practical experience allows her to successfully facilitate teacher growth.

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