127: Classroom Management like PB & J

Classroom management can be tricky when we react to student behavior instead of setting up procedures. Oftentimes, we let the heat of the moment control our brain and we end up making decisions that hinder student learning. Tune in to hear two scenarios of classroom management struggles where tips are shared so that the problem and solution go together like a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich!


  • One of the major reasons why teachers struggle with classroom management has little to do with their content knowledge or their passion to teach. It all comes down to clarity.
  • Quiet is not the same as silent
  • Your wording choice has a huge impact on the result of your classroom behaviors
  • It’s not about winning a war of who’s right and who’s most responsible. It’s about helping kids. All day every day.
  • If your solution is hindering learning, you are the problem
  • Every decision we make impacts kids
  • We have to design our learning space and vibe so it encourages students to show up and apply themselves
  • Students need to love learning but more importantly they need to BE ABLE to love learning

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I am a teacher trainer and coach. Working elbow to elbow with teachers and teacher leaders to ensure instructional proficiency and student achievement soar lights me up. We have a real need in our nation for strong educators to remain in the field. My blog, book, podcast, courses and instructional materials are geared towards empowering teachers (and those that lead them) to receive the support needed to grow and thrive today, tomorrow and always.