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  • Writer's pictureTara O'Brien

Class Management that Facilitates Social and Emotional Learning

Are you a novice teacher or perhaps a teacher struggling with a “challenging class?” I conducted an interview with an experienced Early Childhood educator to learn about how she approaches classroom management. She described classroom management strategies that not only help in “managing” the class, but also facilitate social and emotional learning!

Check out the list below for 5 classroom management tips and a short video!

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting is a daily 10-20 minute meeting that enables community-building, facilitates the development of social and emotional skills, and sets-up the school day. The meeting follows a regular procedure every day and students understand what happens first, second, third, etc. The meeting is an opportunity for students to talk, and listen, to each other and the teacher serves the role of facilitator.

“Break Time”

The “Break Space” is a specific, relaxing, space set aside in the classroom for quiet self-regulation. When developing a break space, place resources that are calming and will help students to self-regulate including books, puzzles, crayons, greenery, a comfortable chair, etc. When a student begins to become over-stimulated, the teacher asks the student to go and “take a break.” The break is not a punishment, but an opportunity to refocus and regroup before returning to the class.

Quiet Time

Quiet time is appropriate to students (and adults) of all ages. Quiet time is a 10-20 minute block of time, usually after lunch, when students can quietly engage in solitary activities including reading, drawing, writing, puzzles, etc. Quiet time helps students to develop self-awareness and self-regulation skills. This time enables more productive learning in the afternoon.


Children don’t just learn from what you say…they learn from what you do. Students learn social and emotional competency from trusted adults. As a teacher it is important to model all of the skills that you wish to develop in students.

Here is a video showing the five tips!

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