Give them flexibility in homework
A common complaint among students is homework but if you let them select their assignment for the night, they will likely feel an enhanced sense of possession because it was their opinion. For example, give students a sheet of math problems, but let them choose the 10 they want to complete.
You can also let them choose several ways to study their spelling words or give them several options to dive deeper into a history subject. Giving students the choice for their assignment might not work for everything, but giving your students the occasional input can change their attitude toward homework altogether.
Give students opportunities to choose their books
Give students chances to choose their books to read, science experiments to execute, vocabulary lists to memorize, and math problems to solve.
Build a list of classroom non-negotiables together avoiding lengthy rules, which are unrealistic and hard to enforce consistently.
Make your classroom a safe place for students to take risks where failure or mistakes aren’t criticized but supported and embraced as a means to future learning.
Provide feedback as often as possible and as specifically as possible.
Allow students to provide feedback to each other and you.
Stay clear and consistent.
Be transparent and honest … appropriately.
Do what is best for kids always, not what is best for you … this learning is about them, not about the teacher.
Embed standards in classroom learning in kid-friendly language so they know what and why they are learning.
Listen to student suggestions in terms of the way class is conducted.