This page is about orchestrating activities in a complex classroom environment and/or dealing with behavior problems if/when they occur. It could also be called "Creating a Positive Learning Environment." Many of these activities and ideas appear elsewhere in this wiki, because they can be classified in more than one way.
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Classroom Management Slides

This link goes to a set of 31 Powerpoint slides summarizing major theories about classroom management (Kounin, Dreikurs, Jones, Canter, and Bandura). It can be edited in order to tailor it to your specific needs.




- Seifert Seifert Jan 30, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College

Concept Map Classroom Management

This link goes to a concept map illustrating relationships among issues, ideas, and theories about classroom management. Many of the terms use the titles of items on this webpage, rather than using "textbook" terms. The map is in PDF format, so it is not easy to edit, but nonetheless it may be useful.

Concept Map Classroom Management

- Seifert Seifert Jan 30, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College

What Is the Difference Between Collaboration and Cooperation?

As its name implies, this article addresses differences between the concepts of cooperation and collaboration. It is published by the National Institute for Science Education--so it leans toward science examples as well as toward (introductory) college-level courses. It argues that collaboration is a broad lifestyle involving working with and respecting others; cooperation is a specific interaction involving the joint production of a product or task.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 8, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College

Kounin's Model of Classroom Management: Ripple Effects, Withitness, Overlapping, and More

This article summarizes the key ideas associated with Jacob Kounin, and that have become popular among educators and educational psychologists since the 1970s. The article is not especially long, but it covers the essential ideas.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 8, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College

Positive Discipline in the Inclusive, Learner-friendly Classroom

This is a 100-page book (PDF format) that gives an overview of issues about behavior management, and strategies for preventing behavior problems and for promoting a positive atmosphere in the classroom. It is published by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), and as such it adopts an underlying (implicit) international perspective, but it is nonetheless quite relevant to teachers' issues in North America.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 20, 2010

A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Management

A large website containing advice sheets and other materials about many aspects of classroom management. A bit commercially oriented, but helpful nonetheless. Very oriented to "nuts and bolts." There is a helpful, unusual page about management issues for substitute teachers.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 17, 2011

Another Guide to Classroom Management Techniques

An article full of tips and advice for managing students' behavior effectively. The authors give special attention to students from non-English speaking backgrounds, but the advice is actually sound for all students regardless of language background. This article is not as elaborate as the website cited above, but it is not truly "brief" either.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 29, 2012 on behalf of Rosa Hernandez and Nicole Yorgensen, Marist College

Still Another Guide to Classroom Management Issues

Obviously there are lots of them on the Internet. This one is also an article (vs. an entire website) and oriented toward secondary (vs. elementary) education. It is fairly nuts-and-bolts-like, so it should be fairly relevant for teachers (and future teachers) who expect to work in "typical" classrooms in middle school or high school.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 8, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College

Self-Regulation in the Classroom wiki

This wiki, compiled by the Millsaps College Education Department, provides resources for fostering self-regualtion in the classroom. the wiki is being used in a course called "child Development in Context" and will be useful for teaching education students how they can integrate self-regulation-building strategies into their classroom management techniques.
--Stacy DeZutter

Behavior Modification Project: General Instructions


A Sample Behavior Modification Project: A Project in the Family

Clicking on the first heading takes you to the general directions for an assignment that acquaints students with applied behavior modification. Clicking on the second heading takes you to a sample project submitted by a student. More about this assignment, and others related to it can be found at the website for Professor Mueller's ed psych course. See also Dr. Mueller's extensive website of materials focused especially on teaching social psychology. For more information about this assignment, contact Jon Mueller.

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Cheating: What Causes It?

Here is a summary of research on cheating by college students. It turns out that academic difficulties do NOT necessarily trigger cheating. Instead, it is correlated (though not necessarily caused directly by) certain "dark" personal qualities, including cynicism, manipulativeness and arrogance. The article may have relevance to cheating among high school students--though even if not, it should be of interest to teacher education programs, where students are often of similar age and maturity as in the research study described here.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 6, 2010

How To Keep Students from Cheating

A brief article with tips for making cheating less likely to occur (but not actually guaranteeing that it will never occur). Additional commentary can also be found at these pages related to cheating issues. The articles are sponsored by a website called "The Teaching Community," which includes brief articles on various other teaching-related topics.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 8, 2012 on behalf of Kristen Giambrone and Christine Ricca, Marist College

Procrastination: What Causes It?

This link goes to an amusing, brief animated Youtube video illustrating procrastination in action! The video shows clearly how much procrastination is about responding too much to very short-term needs and goals, and failing to focus enough on longer-term goals. A good discussion-starter for the topic, and more generally for the topic of time management.

- Seifert Seifert Aug 12, 2011

Attention Processes in Detail

If you are looking for more detail and research-related information about attention processes, try this link, which is a module on the topic from the Open University. Possibly it has TOO much information for most preservice teacher education students, but check it out and decide for yourself. The material is very well organized.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 20, 2010


Archive of Resources about Classroom Management Issues

This is a listing of 32 (at last count) brief advice sheets and/or articles about various facets of classroom management. Very practically oriented--connections to ed psych are not always obvious. Some of links to the individual advice sheets are slow, however, and possibly may have been moved or deleted--I can't tell which.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 20, 2010

Teaching for Good Behavior

Here is a complete, downloadable module from the Open University archive about strategies for preventing behavior problems in class, while also motivating students. The basic approach is to plan lessons well and at appropriate levels of challenge (it sounds obvious, of course, but they do spell it out for the benefit of new teachers).

- Seifert Seifert Oct 20, 2010

Grouping Students Effectively

Group work is common in classrooms at all grade levels (including in teacher education courses!). Here is a discussion activity to help education students consider the issues about how to do this common practice effectively.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 29, 2010

An Experienced Teacher's Candid Views about Motivation and Behavior Management

Theories of motivation are good, but some teachers find them too idealistic, for a variety of reasons. Here is an example of that criticism, written as a letter from a classroom teacher to an ed psych instructor.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 29, 2010

Collaborative Learning: Comparing the Viewpoints of Piaget and Vygotsky

Piaget and Vygotsky both have views of human development that are popular among educators, and collaborative (or cooperative) learning is also a popular practice for orchestrating classroom activities. How might these two psychologists each view collaboration? This link provides a summary comparison of their differences, and their impact on management of the class.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 30, 2010

The Decline and Fall of Jane Gladstone

The link above goes to a two-page vignette that is good for analyzing behavior management from the perspective of operant conditioning. (See also Classroom management.)

- Seifert Seifert Dec 2, 2010

An Experiment in Classroom Democracy

Here is a two-page vignette about the pitfalls of asking students to manage their own behavior. (See also Social relationships.)

- Seifert Seifert Dec 2, 2010

Narcissism in the Classroom: What to look for, what to do about it

Narcissism is an often-overlooked personality problem in either students or teachers. Here is a summary of what it looks like and why it can be a problem for the individual, and therefore also for others in a class.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 11, 2011

Mistakes in Cognitive Processing in Everyday Life

A video lecture by Dan Gilbert, Harvard economics professor, about the many ways that human beings make mistakes when solving everyday problems. Many ideas here that are useful for managing students' behavior, both as individuals and as a class. This is one of the "TED" lectures; about 30 minutes in length.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 18, 2011

Following Rules vs. Choosing Wisely

A video lecture by Barry Schwartz, Swarthmore psychologist, in which he illustrates the differences between following rules and choosing wisely. The examples are from all realms of life, but are highly relevant to issues of classroom management, where following rules and "making good choices" are both important issues.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 8, 2011

Thiagi Gameletter

This is a compilation of group activities that illustrate a variety of social dynamics, and hence are very relevant to issues of social relationships in classrooms. Most were originally created to work be used with virtual or online groups that are not specifically classrooms or ed psych courses as such. But many can be adapted for such use easily.

- Seifert Seifert Mar 22, 2011 with thanks to Marianne Miserandino and the Personality Psychology Pedagogy Newsletter.