Classroom Management Essentials
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Classroom Management Essentials

Learn how to manage your classroom and spend more time teaching rather than disciplining
4.2 (37 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
277 students enrolled
Created by Tracey Garrett
Published 6/2012
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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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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
2 Lectures 10:28

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

Preview 01:27

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.

Preview 09:01
Physical Environment
7 Lectures 20:09

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!

Physical Environment

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

Best Practices
9 pages

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

Desk Arrangements
12 pages

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.

Rules & Routines
8 Lectures 18:02

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!

Rules And Routines

Take a look at many potential rules for your classroom.

Sample Rules
4 pages

Use these questions to evaluate your classroom rules.

Evaluate Your Rules
2 pages

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

4 pages

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!

Caring Relationships
7 Lectures 16:50

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!

Caring Relationships

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

Building Relationships
5 pages

Hear what students have to say about caring teachers.

In The Students' Words
19 pages

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!

Engaging Instruction
7 Lectures 14:11

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!

Engaging Instruction

Explore the various management aspects of a lesson.

Managing Your Lesson
8 pages

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

Providing Directions
2 pages

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.

8 Lectures 32:04

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.

Discipline Part 1

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!

Discipline Part 2

Explore sample logical consequences.

Logical Consequences
7 pages

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

Sample Rewards
3 pages

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.

3 Lectures 00:00
Meet The Teachers
4 pages

1 page

1 page
About the Instructor
Tracey Garrett
4.2 Average rating
37 Reviews
277 Students
1 Course
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.  Currently, she is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Rider University in New Jersey and was recently awarded the University Distinguished Teaching award.  Her first book entitled Effective Classroom Management: The Essentials was recently published by Teachers College Press.  Her work has also 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 presented at both regional and national conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, Learning Forward and the National Council for Teachers of English.  In addition, she has presented hundreds of professional development workshops.   She is also a former elementary teacher with experience teaching at the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade level.  Tracey's unique combination of classroom management knowledge and practical experience allows her to successfully facilitate teacher growth.