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Managing the classroom to maximise learning

Overview

Classroom management maximises students’ on-task learning time by minimising disruptive behaviour and disengagement. It involves establishing routines to actively engage students in their learning, consistently applying rules and explicitly modelling appropriate behaviour so students know what is expected of them, and establishing high expectations for students learning.

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Classroom management is related to Focus Area 4.2: Manage classroom activities in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Research

Classroom management has a strong evidence base that meets AERO’s highest standards of evidence. For more information about the evidence base, see below:

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Tried and Tested practice guide

This guide describes a set of teaching practices that have been found to maximise students’ on-task learning time by minimising disruptive behaviour and disengagement.
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Annotated reference list

An overview of the research evidence cited throughout our classroom management resources.

Using the practice

To be effective, classroom management needs to be implemented well. See below some 'things to know' when using the practice. 

Snapshots of practice

Classroom management may look different in different contexts. See below examples of classroom management in a variety of classrooms and settings:

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Teaching vignette

Short stories from practitioners about how they use an evidence-based practice in their classroom.
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Focused classrooms at Loxton Primary School

See how the Year 6 teachers at Loxton Primary School work to create a focused classroom from the beginning of the year.

Implementation tools

Here you will find tools to help you manage your classroom.

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Implementation checklist

Practical steps you can take to implement effective classroom management in your setting.
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