This page contains activities, assignments, readings, and resources for teaching and learning about classroom management in world language education.


Students will:

1) Identify common disruptive behaviors.
2) Explain typical motivations for student misbehavior.
3) Distinguish between minor or isolated instances of misbehavior and patterns of disruption which require intervention.
4) Expand their repertoire of pedagogical strategies for addressing classroom disruptions in the target language.
5) Apply effective techniques for involving students, parents, and colleagues in improving student behavior.


1) I can list common classroom disruptions.
2) I can explain typical reasons underlying student misbehavior.
3) I can distinguish between behaviors which require intervention and those which do not.
4) I can justify the intervention strategies I use.
5) I can actively involve students, parents, and colleagues in improving behavior.


1) WHAT are some things students do during class that are commonly considered misbehavior, and how does a teacher determine when to intervene?

2) WHY do students misbehave?
  • Do students view disruptive behavior differently than their teachers?
  • How do unmet needs factor into disruptive classroom behavior?
  • Why respect, relationships, and student responsibility such important components of classroom management?

3) HOW can student misbehavior be prevented or addressed?
  • How can teachers present rules in the target language?
  • How can student misbehavior be addressed in the target language?

4) WHERE can teachers find effective intervention strategies?

5) WHAT should a teacher do if a situation turns into a crisis?

6) WHEN should teachers involve parents, colleagues, and/or administrators?

7) What else do you want to know about classroom management?


1: Classroom Management Snowball Activity

Activate Prior Knowledge

2: Classroom Management Videos
Contextualized Experience
Watch these videos regarding classroom management in preparation for class.
(You may also want to visit the Classroom Management page of the wiki.)

What do these examples have in common?

Optional Videos:

3: Behavioral Breakdowns Graphic Organizer

Focus on Meaning

4: Principles of Classroom Management

Focus on Form

5: Strategies for Addressing Minor Disruptions

Focus on Communication

Consequences for Disruptions

BehaviorReflectionForm.JPG - In English, appropriate for middle school, some interesting features (such as photo of classroom rules, space for reflection, and space for parent and teacher comments and signatures)

BehaviorReflections.JPG - Graphic organizer in English for secondary
BehaviorThinkSheet.JPG - Stop sign in English with limited writing room and spaces for student and teacher signatures

ConflictTalkSheet.JPG - Very basic, in English, addresses feelings
FichaDeReflexionParaInfantil.JPG- Visual, very basic, in Spanish

VisualThinkSheet.JPG - Visual, in English

  • Time Out in Another Classroom
  • Sending Students to the Office

6: Calling Parents (Cell Phone Role Plays)

How to Talk to Parents About Their Misbehaving Child
Script for "Sandwich" Phone Call (see script on second page, sandwiches a conversation about a problem between positive statements about the child)
Scripts for Addressing Body Odor

7: When a Problem Becomes a Crisis (Crisis Role Plays)

School Crisis Plan
"The Safety Plan is Now In Effect"
Types of Crises
  • Bomb Threats
  • Cutting
  • Fight
  • Health Emergencies
  • Intruder in Building
  • Power Failure
  • Shooting
  • Stabbing
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Terrorism (9/11)
  • Weather-related Emergencies (Earthquakes, Tornados)
Strategies for Addressing or De-escalating Crises
Community Crisis Role Play

8: Classroom Management Thinking Template



1) Classroom Management: Reading - Please choose at least ONE link to read/explore

2) Classroom Management Resources: Student Engagement - Please pick at least ONE page to explore

3) Develop a classroom syllabus (a.k.a. "disclosure document")

4) Create a set of posters (or a video) in the target language that SHOW your classroom expectations.

5) Create your own "behavioral reflection" worksheet in the target language.

6) Classroom Management: Optional Interactive Activities

7) Classroom Management Questions - Do you have any new questions about classroom management? Post them in the discussion forum.


ClassroomManagementForMiddleHighSchoolTeachers.jpg - EXCELLENT book with many concrete, helpful strategies (Read this second)

CooperativeDisciplineRevised.jpg - A very accessible book for helping teachers understand the underlying causes of disruptive student behavior. The book is targeted more toward elementary/middle school teachers, but the principles are totally applicable to high school (Read this first)



JudiciousDisciplineBooksmall.jpg - A very practical book with concrete strategies for developing a democratic classroom climate



Classroom Management Wiki Page

Intervention Techniques


Gangs - D&C 38:30 - "I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, atreasure up bwisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear."


ClassroomArchitectLogo.gif - Drag and drop tool lets you figure out how to arrange your classroom by dragging, dropping, and drawing items on a diagram of a classroom floor plan that you can save and print


OnlineStopwatchLogo.gif - A variety of online stopwatches (chess timer, egg timer, metronome, time bomb, etc.)

SAPLogo.png - Insert applause monitors and live Twitter feeds into PowerPoint presentations

PPTTimerEdGamesLogo.jpg - PowerPoint timers you can download