8 class management tips for fun and productive learning!

As teachers, it’s our job to make sure that our students (the next generation, no less!) can understand their lessons and feel safe and welcome in the classroom. It sounds simple on paper, but in practice? It might as well be one of the hardest, most important jobs on earth! 

So, what can we do to foster a positive atmosphere that facilitates fun and productive learning? Well, look no further! 

Today, we will share 8 class management tips to achieve exactly that! So, without further ado, let’s start!

1. Establish clear rules 

Think about it. You also don’t really want to follow rules that don’t really serve any clear purpose, right? Be it an actual law, your household rules, or whatever else – it’s hard to respect and obey rules that we don’t really know why they exist. 

The same goes for your students! They need to know why the rules were created and what purpose they serve. Of course, you can always go one step further and actually include your students in the decision-making process to create these rules. 

You can discuss and create classroom rules at the beginning of the semester. Invite your students to share their thoughts and ideas. You can then print a poster with the agreed on rules so the rules are always visible, such as in front of the class. 

Clear rules can help you as teachers to establish and maintain class routines and it also helps students by creating a behavioural framework so they can learn to self-manage themselves in the classroom. 

2. Interact with your students 

Think back to when you were a student yourself. 

Generally, the “fun” teachers are always more well-liked than the strict, rigid teachers, right?

And usually, when students genuinely like their teachers, they would make an effort to do well in his or her class. 

So, try to build rapport with your students. Learn the current trend, be it fashion, songs, actors and actresses, the current tiktok trend, whatever it is! You’d be surprised at how much being ‘relatable’ really helps building rapport with your students. 

Once rapport is established, your students will grow to trust you, which brings me to my previous point. A student who trusts you will try to do their best in your class. Also, don’t underestimate the power you have as a teacher! You never know what kinds of struggles they might be going through. Taking the time to get to know your students and be a positive influence in their lives can mean so much more than you’d imagine! 

And here’s another little nugget of advice – it’s not just what happens during class that counts! Ever thought about arriving a tad earlier or sticking around after the final bell? It’s a game-changer, believe me!

Picture this: you’re there, sipping your morning coffee in the classroom before the bell rings, and a student pops in with a question they were too shy to ask in front of the whole class. Or, imagine staying back for a few minutes after class, and a student approaches you for a bit of extra help or just a quick chat about their day. These moments? Priceless!

It’s these extra minutes outside the structured timetable that can create meaningful, one-on-one connections. You’re not just a figure at the front of the class; you’re a reachable, approachable person who’s there for them, even beyond the academic sphere. This approachability can significantly uplift a student’s comfort level and trust in you!

3. Reward good behaviours 

Humans respond to positive reinforcement much better than negative reinforcement. Quoting positivepsychology.com, positive reinforcement refers to “the introduction of a desirable or pleasant stimulus after a behaviour”, or, put simply, “positive reinforcement means rewarding good behaviour. 

Rewards don’t necessarily have to be materialistic things. Of course you can reward your students, especially young learners, with things like stickers or stationeries but compliments and praise also work just as well!

You don’t have to wait for big things to happen to compliment your students either. For instance, you can compliment them for finishing their assignments faster than their peers. For young learners, you can praise them for being able to sit calmly throughout the duration of the class (believe me, for young learners, that’s no small feat!) 

You can also compliment them on “trivial” things like how good their outfit looks today or that their new haircut looks great. This will improve their mood and make them more likely to behave well in class. 

4. Think through and have an actual plan for behavioural problems 

Trust me, this is important, especially if you teach young children! Sometimes, a class just turns into chaos in a matter of seconds. 

For instance, a student might prank his classmates, who then started to cry or it might even start a fight! Before you know it, your calm and orderly class now turns into pure chaos. A crying child on one side, a tantrum throwing child on the other, and the rest of the class divide itself into two groups: the confused students and the students who seem to take a liking to this turn of event and just started… cheering? 

When this happens, always remember one thing: don’t lose your cool! 

Keep calm and stand confidently in front of the class. If you look confused or god forbid, scared, trust me, the chaos will just get worse and worse. So, take command of the class. To regain their attention, you can turn off the class light for a second or clap your hands. Of course, you can also just use a clear and authoritative voice to get your students to bring their attention to you. 

After you’ve captured their attention, another thing that you need to remember is no favorites! Refer to your class rules and give consequences accordingly. Don’t take sides and remind your students that no one is exempt from the rules! 

5. Notice the good things happening in your classroom 

As teachers, we must be aware of everything that happens in our class, be it good or bad. Noticing the negative things tends to be easier, but pay attention to the positive things too! The key is to draw everyone’s attention to these good things, no matter how small, and remark it with appreciation or praise. 

For example, you might notice that two students are working together to solve a problem. You can say, “Great teamwork, you two! Care to share why you decided to work together?” 

This way, you get the opportunity to listen to your students’ perspectives, the two students feel seen and appreciated, and their classmates feel encouraged to work with their friends to solve problems next time. 

Now that’s what I call a win win! 

6. Promote pair and group work

Now, let’s talk about a real classroom superpower – pair and group work! It’s not just about breaking the monotony of a typical class day; it’s about sparking some real magic in student interactions.

Why not mix things up a bit? Get your students to team up in pairs or small groups. It’s like a mini adventure in every class! They get to share ideas, learn from each other, and hey, maybe even solve the mysteries of the universe (or at least the mysteries of your lesson plan) together!

But here’s the kicker – keep changing these groups around. Today, it’s Ryan and Nita; tomorrow, it’s Ryan with Adit and Jovan. It’s like a social mixer in your classroom! This way, every student gets a chance to interact with everyone else. It’s not just about learning the course material; it’s about learning from each other, understanding different perspectives, and building those all-important social skills!

So, teachers, let’s turn our classrooms into dynamic spaces of collaboration and exchange. Who knows what amazing ideas and friendships might bloom from these pair and group activities?

7. Peer pressure as a positive tool

Now, let’s chat about something a tad unconventional – using peer pressure for good! Yup, you heard that right. It’s all about turning this often misunderstood concept into a classroom superhero.

In our classroom world, students are like mini trendsetters, looking to their buddies for the latest on what’s cool – and yes, that includes how to act in class. So, why not make this natural tendency work in our favor?

Here’s the secret sauce – instead of a head-on confrontation with a student who’s not quite following the rules (hello, power struggle!), let the peer dynamics do the subtle talking. It’s like a quiet classroom revolution. When that one student sees their peers all lined up and doing the right thing, it’s like a magnet – they’re drawn to not stick out like a sore thumb.

And here’s a pro tip: keep an eye out for those students who naturally take the lead or have the charisma to sway their peers. These are your classroom influencers. Give them a nudge to lead by example. They can be your allies in setting a positive example, making it cool to follow the rules!

8.  Engage in self-reflection

When the classroom’s empty and quiet, it’s the perfect time to reflect: How did today’s learning adventure unfold?

Mull over these questions: Were the students hanging onto every word of the lesson? Did your classroom strategies hit the mark or need some adjustment? How did the students vibe with the different ways you taught today? It’s like being your own friendly critic, evaluating the day’s highlights and what could be improved.

But here’s the fun part – include your students in this reflection journey! Their feedback is like a treasure trove of insights. Whether it’s through quick surveys, using a suggestion box, or just a casual conversation, getting their take adds so much value.

Their perspectives can unveil aspects of your teaching that you might not have noticed. It’s like getting a peek into the classroom through their eyes. This mix of self-reflection and student feedback is how you sharpen your teaching skills, making every class not just good, but outstanding. So, let’s make self-reflection a habit – it’s not just smart, it’s absolutely essential, and yes, even a bit fun!


In today’s article, we’ve shared 5 things you can do as teachers to foster a more fun and welcoming learning environment. We wish you the best in your teaching endeavors! Remember, the influence of a good teacher can never be erased! 

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Anthony McCormick 

IELC Managing Director