Classroom Management: How to Set Up a Middle School Classroom

The way you physically set up a middle school classroom can sometimes be conducive to the learning that actually goes on, and effective teachers use classroom management techniques to accomplish just that.

With that in mind, today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator based in Upstate New York, offers up some classroom management tips for designing your room’s layout to bring about an atmosphere that is tantamount for learning.

Janelle’s tips include:

  • Extra Supplies
  • A Place to Store Work
  • Visuals
  • Solitude Space
  • And more!

Janelle sums up her article like this: “Your classroom will constantly be changing and evolving. What may have worked for you earlier in the school year, may not work for you now. Your classroom will need some tweaking in order to be effective and efficient, and that’s OK. It’s all a process, and you will eventually find what works for you, and your classroom.”

Do you have any tips or tricks that you would like to share about setting up a middle school classroom?

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Top 5 Teaching Strategies

The best teachers are always looking to employ the latest teaching strategies – but some of those tactics are classics that have worked effectively in the classroom for years.

Janelle Cox, one of’s go-to writing resources for teaching strategies, today outlines her top 5 educational methods to keep students motivated and engaged. A sampling:

    Inquiry-based instruction
    Graphic organizers
    Using technology in the classroom

Janelle notes that not all of her tried-and-true methods will work perfectly for every educator, but she encourages teachers to seek out the ones that work best.

What are your top 5 teaching strategies to use in the classroom? Do you have a favorite that works well in your classroom?