What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

For many teachers, effective classroom management brings to mind an image of a silent, somber environment. They hear the term and think . . . restricting, confining, constraining. They think it means to be a rigid disciplinarian who forces students to behave against their will. So when an administrator makes a remark about the behavior […]

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How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

You praise. You encourage. You pep-talk, demand, and implore. But nothing seems to change. Trying and failing to motivate unmotivated students is a common frustration among teachers. It’s a frustration with seemingly no real answers beyond the same old, same old. Until today. Because I’m going to share with you a reliable way to begin […]

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Class-Clown Disruptions And Disrespect

How To Handle Class-Clown Disruptions And Disrespect

There is nothing wrong with a class clown. In fact, students gifted with a clever sense of humor can be a wonderful asset to your classroom. They can be another ingredient in the mix that helps you create a learning environment students love being part of. The truth is, the most effective classrooms laugh. They […]

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Are You Humiliating Students Without Even Knowing It?

Are You Humiliating Students Without Even Knowing it?

“Why on earth would you want to do that?” “What? That doesn’t make any sense.” “Where in the world did you get that idea?” They are comments that roll off the tongue without second thought. They’re a gut reaction to a private question or idea from a student that we can’t wrap our head around. […]

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Should Students Raise Their Hand In Small Groups?

Should Students Raise Their Hand In Small Groups?

Requiring students to raise their hand before speaking is good classroom management practice. You can’t very well control the flow of learning and discussion while being interrupted every few minutes. Inspiration will sag. Trains of thought will vanish. Boredom and inattentiveness will pervade your classroom like a Golden Gate fog. It’s also impolite to call […]

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