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10 Pillars of Outstanding Classroom Management

10 Pillars of Outstanding Classroom Management

Classroom management refers to the array of skills and strategies teachers use to ensure that their classrooms are organized, safe, and conducive to learning. Good classroom management creates an environment where students feel comfortable and can focus on academics. Additionally, research has shown a positive relationship between effective classroom management and student achievement.

This article aims to provide educators with a resource to support them in establishing and maintaining an effective learning environment in their classrooms. Classroom management is a complex and multi-faceted endeavor, and no single approach will work in all situations. However, several strategies have effectively promoted positive student behavior and supported academic success. The most important thing is for teachers to find what works for them and their students.

Here are the ten pillars of an effective classroom management plan.

1. Establishing Rapport and Building Relationships

Building rapport and relationships with students are essential in creating a positive learning environment. When students feel comfortable with their teacher and classmates, they are more likely to be engaged in the learning process. There are a few key ways to build rapport and relationships with students.

First, it is essential to get to know each student individually. This can be done through conversation, surveys, or simply taking the time to ask about their interests and hobbies. Once you have established a relationship with each student, you must maintain that relationship by regularly interacting with them. This can be done through small group work, one-on-one tutoring, or simply speaking with them during class.

It is also essential to create a positive classroom environment. This means that the physical space is comfortable and inviting, and the atmosphere is positive and respectful. Students feel comfortable in their environment and are more likely to engage in learning.

2. Creating a Positive Learning Environment

It is essential to create a positive atmosphere in the classroom where students feel safe, respected and valued. Building positive relationships with your students from the beginning is necessary. Greeting them at the door with a smile, making eye contact, and learning their names are great ways to start getting to know them as individuals. 

When students know that you believe in them and expect them to succeed, they are more likely to meet your expectations. Be consistent in your expectations and consequences for both positive and negative behaviors.

3. Providing Engaging Instruction

When planning and delivering instruction, engaging and motivating your students is essential. Start by clearly stating your objectives for the lesson and providing any background information your students will need.  

Use a variety of instructional strategies and activities to keep your students engaged. Ensure your instructions are clear and concise and provide plenty of opportunities for your students to practice what they’re learning. Monitor student progress and give feedback that is specific and meaningful.

4. Promoting Student Engagement

When students actively engage in their learning, they are more likely to retain what they’ve learned and be motivated to apply it. There are various ways to engage your students in their learning, such as small-group work, cooperative learning, and hands-on activities. Asking questions and encouraging your students to ask questions can also help engagement. Encouraging students to explain their thinking and share their ideas is another way to engage them in their learning.

5. Having a Clear and Concise Behavior Policy

It is important to proactively teach and reinforce desired behaviors to create a positive classroom environment. Be clear about your expectations for student behavior, and provide explicit instructions on what you expect. Praise students when they display desired behaviors.

When students exhibit negative behaviors, use constructive discipline strategies to correct and teach the desired behavior. Be consistent in your application of rules and consequences. Finally, provide opportunities for students to reflect on their behavior and make positive choices in the future.

6. Establishing Classroom Routines and Procedures

Classroom routines are a vital part of a well-run classroom. They give students a sense of order and predictability, which can help reduce anxiety and behavior problems.

When developing classroom routines, involve your students in the process. Model the desired behavior, and have students practice the routine. Be sure to review the procedures regularly.

7. Implementing Effective Discipline

Implementing effective discipline is essential for maintaining a positive learning environment. Effective discipline is fair, consistent, and respectful.

There are a few key ways to implement effective discipline:

  1. Establish clear expectations for student behavior.
  2. Teach students what is expected of them in terms of behavior.
  3. Provide consequences for students who do not follow the expectations.
  4. Monitor student behavior and give feedback.
  5. Be consistent with your discipline procedures.
  6. Evaluate your discipline procedures regularly.

READ: 6 Pillars That Create a Safe and Orderly Classroom Environment

8. Implementing Effective Communication

When communicating with students, it is vital to be an active listener. Make eye contact, use facial expressions and body language to show engagement, and restate what the student has said to ensure understanding. Active listening will help to build strong relationships, resolve conflicts, and promote learning.

When communicating with parents, use clear and concise language. Avoid jargon; explain any acronyms or abbreviations. Be respectful of parents’ time, and follow up on any promises.

It is also essential to listen to feedback from parents and use it to improve your practice. This can be done by holding parent-teacher conferences, sending home surveys, or simply asking parents for their input. Be sure to communicate any changes you make to parents.

Communication is a two-way process. Be sure to allow parents and students to ask questions and share their thoughts. This will create an open and supportive environment where everyone can feel comfortable communicating.

9. Continuing Professional Development

Teachers need to learn and grow as professionals continuously. Staying current on best practices in classroom management and instructional strategies is essential. Workshops, conferences, and professional journals are great ways to stay informed. When teachers model lifelong learning, it can inspire students to continue learning long after they leave the classroom.

10. Constantly Reflecting on One’s Teaching Methods

Teachers need to reflect on their practice to improve their teaching. Reflective practice can be done individually or with a group of colleagues. It can be done informally, through conversations or journaling, or formally, through action research. No matter how you choose to reflect, the important thing is, to be honest with yourself and use what you learn to improve your practice.

READ: Reflective Practice for Teachers: Why It Matters

Final Thoughts

Classroom management is integral to a teacher’s job and can be challenging. By implementing these ten pillars of outstanding classroom management, you can create a positive and productive learning environment for your students. When your students feel safe, respected, and valued, they will be more engaged in their learning and more likely to succeed.


Llego, M. A. (2022, September 16). 10 Pillars of Outstanding Classroom Management. TeacherPH. Retrieved September 16, 2022 from, https://www.teacherph.com/10-pillars-outstanding-classroom-management/


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Mark Anthony Llego

Mark Anthony Llego, from the Philippines, has significantly influenced the teaching profession by enabling thousands of teachers nationwide to access essential information and exchange ideas. His contributions have enhanced their instructional and supervisory abilities. Moreover, his articles on teaching have reached international audiences and have been featured on highly regarded educational websites in the United States.

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