What are the 3 C’s of classroom management?

Are you an elementary teacher who finds it challenging to keep your classroom under control? Do you struggle with students who seem to have a mind of their own? If so, you’re not alone. Classroom management can be challenging, even for experienced teachers.

But fear not, because today we’ll dive into the three C’s of classroom management – connection, consistency, and compassion- and how you can use them to transform your classroom into a positive and productive learning environment. So, whether you’re a seasoned teacher or starting out, grab a notebook and prepare to take your classroom management skills to the next level.

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Connection is the first C of classroom management, and it’s all about building relationships with your students. To create a positive learning environment, you need to establish a relationship of trust and respect with your students. You can achieve this by taking an interest in their lives, understanding what makes them tick, and sharing a bit about yourself. Spend time getting to know your students individually and as a group. Ask them about their interests, hobbies, and family, and be sure to share some of your interests and quirks with them.

Building a positive connection with your students can create a foundation for effective classroom management based on mutual respect and trust. Start building those relationships now, and you’ll be well on your way to a successful school year.



Consistency is the second C of classroom management and is all about establishing a predictable and structured environment for your students. This means having clear rules, routines, and expectations consistently followed daily. By doing this, your students will feel more secure and confident in the classroom because they know what to expect. This also helps establish you as a confident and capable leader who controls the learning environment.

To achieve consistency, planning out your routines and rules before the school year starts is important. Walk through your day and think about all the routines you need in place, such as how to travel from one point to another, where to put materials, and what to do in case of a broken pencil. By planning and rehearsing your routines, your students will know what to do and what is expected of them.

While points and external rewards can help establish routines initially, it’s important to slowly wean your students off these rewards as they develop more skills and work together as a group. Consistency in your classroom can create a positive and structured learning environment that supports your student’s learning and success.



The third component of effective classroom management is compassion. This differs from connection in that compassion involves understanding and responding to individual student needs with empathy and flexibility, even if they don’t fit within the standard rules or expectations. Compassion means giving students what they need.

Compassion also involves showing appreciation and positive feedback and having fun with students in ways that build human relationships. When something unexpected happens that requires attention, compassion may mean abandoning planned lessons to deal with the situation at hand. Listening to students and responding with compassion is a vital part of managing a classroom effectively.


Do you feel better prepared to manage your classroom effectively?

In conclusion, effective classroom management is not just about having rules and consequences in place. It goes beyond that to building a strong connection and relationship with your students, consistently applying rules and routines, and showing compassion towards your students as individuals with unique needs.

By focusing on these three C’s, you can create a positive and supportive learning environment that helps students succeed, even those struggling with behavioral or mental health issues. Of course, it takes effort and practice, but investing in these foundational elements of classroom management can make a significant difference in the long-term success of both the students and the teacher.


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