How to Know When To Reset Your Classroom


Here's a breakdown of not only when to reset your classroom, but also how and why it's effective. Resetting your classroom will help you have a smoothly ran classroom, prevent disruptive behavior, get your students to listen to you, and help students follow directions the first time you ask them.These 3 strategies will help you confidently teach procedures, create your classroom rules, and incorporate natural consequences.

As a new teacher, navigating the intricacies of classroom management can be overwhelming. From establishing rules and procedures to maintaining a positive learning environment, there are numerous factors to consider. One essential aspect of effective classroom management is knowing when to reset your classroom. In this blog post, we’ll explore the significance of resetting your classroom, when to do it, and how to effectively execute it.

Watch the YouTube Video:


Listen to the Podcast Episode:

What do I mean by “Reset Your Classroom”?

Before delving into the specifics of when and how to reset your classroom, it’s crucial to understand the concept itself. Resetting your classroom involves starting fresh with a clean slate to address any issues or challenges that may be hindering the learning environment. It’s an opportunity to revisit expectations, procedures, and rules to ensure alignment with your goals as a teacher.

When Is a Good Time to Reset Your Classroom?

  • Beginning of the School Year: The first week of school is an ideal time to set expectations and establish classroom routines. However, it’s essential to revisit and reinforce these expectations throughout the year.
  • Before/After Major Breaks: Before and after school breaks, such as winter break or spring break, are excellent opportunities to reset your classroom. Students may need a refresher on expectations and routines after an extended break.
  • When It Feels Like Your Students Aren’t Listening to You: If you find that your students are consistently not following your instructions or expectations, it may be time for a classroom reset. Clarifying expectations and providing clear guidance can help improve student behavior.
  • When Students are Continuously Forgetting Expectations: Students may forget expectations over time, especially if they are not consistently reinforced. Resetting your classroom can serve as a reminder of the established rules and procedures.
  • When You Feel the Need for a Fresh Start: Sometimes, as a teacher, you may simply feel like it’s time for a reset. Trust your instincts and recognize when both you and your students could benefit from a fresh start.

How to Reset Your Classroom:

  • Questions to Ask Yourself: Reflect on whether your students can run the classroom independently. Identify areas that need to be reset or revisited together to achieve this goal.
  • Procedures to Revisit: Make a list of procedures that students need to reset, revamp, or revisit. Examples include turning in work, participating in discussions, and packing up to leave.
  • Rules to Revisit: Evaluate whether your classroom rules still align with the values and expectations of your classroom. Decide if any rules need to be tweaked or reviewed more frequently.
  • Consequences to Revisit: Ensure consistency in implementing consequences when students do not meet expectations. Map out the sequence of consequences for different behaviors to maintain clarity and consistency.


Knowing when to reset your classroom is essential for maintaining a positive and productive learning environment. By recognizing the signs that a reset is needed and taking proactive steps to address any issues, you can create a classroom where students feel supported, engaged, and motivated to learn.

Next Steps:

Ready to take your classroom management to the next level? Download the Ultimate Classroom Management Guide or join The Present Teacher Circle Community for in-depth resources and support.

As always remember:


Helena <3


Feeling overwhelmed and not sure if teaching is for you? Click here to learn the key shift on how to love teaching again in the new year.