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Classroom Management 101: 5 Secrets Nobody Tells You in University

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Show Notes:

Although things are different right now with Covid in our lives and in our classrooms, if we can stay creative when it comes to classroom management, we will be able to navigate this time with much more grace and positivity.

What they don’t tell you in university is that classroom management truly is an art form.

The more you can maintain a sense of lightness and creativity and joy when it comes to running your classroom, the more effective of a classroom manager you’re going to become.

In today’s podcast, I’m going to share very specific steps that you can take and implement in your classroom right away in order to become a master at classroom management.

And I’m going to do that by sharing five simple secrets that I discovered over ten years of teaching children that truly not just work in every classroom context, but that will also make teaching a whole lot more fun for you – and therefore, will make your classroom a whole lot more fun for your students.

In today's show, we talk about:

  1. How to maintain creativity and think flexibly so you can customize your classroom management according to your needs each month of the school year.

  2. The balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in your classroom.

  3. Why an element of mystery (that changes with the seasons) is so important when it comes to effective classroom management. 

  4. The power of a whole-class goal (and how this can actually be MOST effective for your most challenging students).

  5. How your attitude and excitement towards a classroom management strategy impacts its effectiveness with your students.

  6. How to harness the power of competition for meaningful rewards.


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I hope you have a fabulous week, and remember: just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one!

πŸ’› Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at


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