Classroom Management

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program has created a series of six videos with basic classroom management tools for arts specialists.  Click on the links below to access the videos.


Part 1: Expectations, Rules, and Procedures

  • Establish your expectations and teach them explicitly.
  • Use established rules in other classrooms and spaces, and add your own expectations.
  • Make rules observable and measurable.
  • Establish procedures for specific activities.
  • Post rules and procedures with visual cues to help ELL and young students understand.
  • Make sure you get everyone’s attention before giving verbal directives.


Part 2: Proximity


  • Move purposefully around the classroom to manage behavior and monitor student work.
  • Reinforce good behavior and conference with students who need feedback.


  • Use your physical presence to curtail negative behavior.
  • Make eye contact with students to let them know you are aware of their behavior.
  • Hold up a finger or tap their desk if they continue with negative behavior.


Part 3: Cueing

  • Give students positive directives to clarify, maintain, or redirect an activity.
  • Use cueing to reinforce positive behavior while clarifying your expectations to others.
  • Give three positive cues before specifically redirecting a student who is off task.
  • Use cueing to reinforce the desired procedure for specific activities.


Part 4: Time Limits and Transitions

  • Plan for transitions, and be realistic about time limits for students to begin and finish tasks.
  • Teach students to become aware of managing their time.
  • Give verbal reminders about upcoming transitions.
  • Plan “brain breaks” into your instruction time to get the wiggles out and regain focus.
  • Plan an end-of-class routine to clean up, review what the students learned, and give closure.


Part 5: Ages and Stages

Developmentally Appropriate Practice:

  • Rule of thumb for general population
  • Individual child development
  • Cultural development

Review the attributes and skills of the grades you will be teaching.


Part 6: Resources for Problem Behaviors and Tough Students