In my mind, the first and most basic obligation of a teacher is to see the beauty that exists within every student. Every child is infinitely precious. Period.

When we start from this vantage point, classroom management — and its flip side, student engagement — comes more easily. It’s an outgrowth of students feeling loved and respected.

  • Love your Students

  • Assume the Best in Your Students

  • Praise What and When You Can

  • Do Sweat the Small Stuff

  • Identify Yourself

  • Forge a Class Identity

  • Have a Plan