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Classroom Management

Fairness in Action

Teaching students to treat each other with fairness may seem daunting, but we found some educators who put this behavior into action - read their strategies! 


Try This: The New Parent Teacher Conference

Alan Jehlen

There's another person invited to an innovative parent-teacher conference. Find out whom, and why it's working!


Feeling Good About Themselves

NEA Staff

Helping students realize and honor their self-worth is critical to academic success. See how some educators are making both happen!


Discipline Checklist: Socializing

Socializing is a healthy part of child development, and with these tips you can make sure it doesn't turn your class chaotic.

Connect with Your Peers

First-Year Teacher

Katelynn M. says, “I was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions on classroom management. I am a first-year 7th-grade math teacher in an inner-city school district. I am having terrible luck with classroom control. I am the type of person that needs examples of what to do, not just being told to be stricter.”

Kate Ortiz says, “My first year with 7th graders started out rocky, even though I had taught successfully for many years before that. Here are the things that helped my students get more engaged in their learning and be more respectful: First, learn their names. I was overwhelmed with the number of students I saw each day, having been used to elementary classes, and I didn't make learning their names a priority…”

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Ask the Expert

You can't teach a class that's out of control. But Kate Ortiz, our classroom management expert with more than 30 years of experience, may be able to help. Describe your situation and you’ll have an answer within 24 hours.