Students don’t remember everything we teach, but they do remember how our classrooms feel. They remember feeling supported to take risks, being comforted when they felt sad, and being lifted up by their peers. So while management is absolutely important, it’s only one piece of the puzzle.
No matter how hard you try, a positive classroom culture is not going to be developed overnight. Just like with academic skills, we need to scaffold for the behaviors we want over time. Use these strategies to make sure that you’re developing strong management skills and a positive classroom culture: