Smart Classroom Management: How To Love Being A Teacher

How To Love Being A Teacher

Teaching is getting harder every year. There is no doubt about it. I’ve heard from thousands of teachers since I began this blog seven years ago. I also speak to teachers from around the world as part of my coaching practice. And I still teach in a public school to this day. More is being […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Identify A Bully

How To Identify A Bully

A few years ago, I wrote a guide to eliminating bullying. It has since become a resource for schools and districts across the country. It’s fairly complete, so I’ll try not to cover the same ground here. But there is one thing the guide doesn’t address. It’s an obstacle that keeps teachers and administrators from […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle A Student Who Yells At You

How to Handle A Student Who Yells At You

Recently, I received an email from a teacher who was yelled at by a student. Her class had been in the middle of a learning game, and everything was going smoothly. Or so she thought. The students were playing by the rules. They were having fun and enjoying each other. They were playing cooperatively. In […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 4 More Words That Improve Listening

4 More Words That Improve Listening

Last week’s article was about how just three words can improve listening. The phrase “in a moment” keeps students from moving on while you’re giving directions. It keeps them rooted in the present and tuned in until the end. This week, we’re going to build on the same strategy. We’re going to add four more […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Simple Words That Improve Listening

3 Simple Words That Improve Listening

It’s most noticeable when giving directions. And it’s so, so frustrating. You can actually see it happening right in front of you. As soon as your students think they understand what you’re asking of them, they mentally check out. They stop listening. They turn to their tablemates. They fumble with materials. They begin moving toward […]

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A Fun Way To Get Students Engaged In Discussions

A Fun Way To Get Students Engaged In Great Discussions

One of the challenges of group work is getting students to actively participate in discussions. Providing clear expectations and compelling topics help, to be sure. So does modeling what group learning should look like. But it’s not always enough. Many students struggle with what to say. They become self-conscious and tongue-tied outside of their circle […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Six Disrespectful Students In One Class

How To Handle Six Disrespectful Students In One Class

A reader emailed SCM last week wondering how to handle six students who were wreaking havoc in his classroom. Every day they were disruptive. They were talkative and silly. They called out during lessons and made inappropriate comments. They played off one another and held little regard for his expectations. Most distressing, when he’d confront […]

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