Favorite Classroom Management Ideas on the Web

Classroom management really can make or break you as a teacher.  Even if you’re a veteran teacher, there is always a new idea or creative solution to make your teaching life easier. For those of you using my favorite web 2.0 tool, Pinterest, you may have seen some of these images before, but for those who are not . . . enjoy!

Get Your Room in Order

Get those paper towels in the right place!  Motivation at its best from Katie Moris at Adventures of an Art Teacher.

Short on counter space?  Then maximize your wall space with these home-made magnetic containers.  This would be great for art teachers on a cart too! Image source: Laissezfaire blog.

De-clutter your desk and get your paperwork in order.  I love how this is labeled. Check out the makeover from the Venspired blog.


Every good art room needs a broom and dust pan – especially one that  is named “Dusty”!  This great idea comes from Theresa Gillespie at Splats, Scraps and Glue Blobs.

If you teach elementary, kids are always making pictures for you.  But what do you do with them all?  By adding them to a clipboard, you can display the most recent and still be able to look through pictures from the past. Idea from Clean & Scentsible blog.

Create a Classroom that Works

Just a subtle hint for your students (and their teachers) from Mrs. Hansen’s Art Room.

Bring peaceful thoughts to your classroom as students enter or leave.  Image source Jankwilson on Flickr.

“I need help” flip charts.  Easy to make yourself or you can buy them here.

This video explains how to get a handle on the noise level in your classroom using plastic cups.

Sometimes you just need to say it plain and simple – keep order in your class by hanging a Peacemakers and Peacebreaker chart.  This great idea came from Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten class (though this would certainly apply at all age levels)

Teach with Visuals

I love this word wall Art With Mr. E created for his classroom using index cards with magnets on the back.

Help your students understand what careful artwork looks like with this craftsmanship rubric from art teacher Kathleen O’Malley at her blog, Art Moments.

Make the Most of Your Minutes

From a blog that brings organization to a whole new level, Jessica Balsey at The Art of Education shares how she has art questions ready when there are a few extra minutes left in class.

Looking for more ideas and visuals? Check out our classroom management section.

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!


  • January 18, 2012


    I really like the structured place to hang student art projects. I had originally put them taped to the front of my desk, but I hate how messy it looks. Having a place that gets rotated out makes students feel good about what they gave you and you don’t feel as guilty for not displaying it. :) Cool roundup, thanks for the ideas!

  • January 18, 2012

    Katie Morris

    Thanks for including my paper towel sign. There are some great ideas here! I literally just write myself a note yesterday about buying clipboards to hang drawings students bring from home. I remember seeing it on a kid’s room makeover on hgtv a few years ago.

  • January 19, 2012

    Theresa Gillespie

    I love the clipboards too! I love the smile students have on their face when they hand you a picture they created for you. I try to tape them around my desk or on a door – but like Jessica -it just looks too messy. I will have to get some clipboards. I had also pinned the Craftsmanship Rubric a while back – thanks for reminding me to create one!

  • January 19, 2012


    Great links. I love Pinterest too.

  • January 19, 2012

    Suzanne Brazzell

    always looking for new ways for the forever job of order in the ART ROOM! great suggestions!

  • January 21, 2012


    Love these suggestions. The broom idea is incredible, also like the decorated and inspiring door. What did we do before Pinterest? ha, ha!

  • February 16, 2012

    Sarah Caron

    I love that one “What does a 3 look like?” — the visual explanation is such a great reinforcement of good work. And that clipboard idea — that’s genius for home or school.

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