How A Simple Question Can Be A Powerful Motivator

How A Simple Question Can Be A Powerful Motivator

After giving directions, it’s common for teachers to ask, “Are there any questions?” Which isn’t a bad idea, per se, especially if the teacher follows with an extended pause. After all, it’s good practice to allow students a moment or two to ponder the directions given and ask clarifying questions. Doing so saves time, trouble, […]

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The Secret To Perfect Transitions

The Secret To Perfect Transitions In 5 Simple Steps

Transitions are among the most perilous times of the day. The frenetic movement, the close interaction, the loud voices and sense of freedom . . . All conspire to increase the likelihood of misbehavior. Transitions can also waste precious learning time, bring tension and excitability to the classroom, and make it difficult to settle students […]

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Student Modeling

Why Student Modeling Is So Important

Modeling can be a uniquely powerful strategy. Which is why the most effective teachers rely on it more than any other method. Done correctly, your students will emulate anything and everything you model with remarkable accuracy. The key is to model in such a way that causes them to picture themselves following the precise path […]

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How To Begin 2015 Classroom Management

How To Begin 2015 On The Right Classroom Management Foot

Time away from you, from their friends, and from the daily routine has a way of wiping the slate clean. It has a way of distancing and repositioning. It has a way of changing perspectives, healing wounds, and renewing spirits. Students return from extended breaks more open, more relaxed, and more appreciative of school. They […]

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The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2014

The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2014

Here at Smart Classroom Management we’d like to say thank you. We’d like to say thank you to you, our loyal readers. It’s our passion to provide you with the simplest, most effective classroom management advice you can find anywhere. But we could never do it without you. We could never continue writing week after […]

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Student Accountability

Are You Afraid To Hold Students Accountable?

Here at Smart Classroom Management we talk a lot about the importance of building rapport. It’s your relationship with students, after all, that in large part determines your effectiveness in curbing misbehavior. It’s your likability, good humor, and pleasant demeanor that causes them to want to please you and behave for you. Building rapport is […]

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When And Why You Should Ignore Crying Students

When (And Why) You Should Ignore Crying Students

Like most caring teachers, it’s only natural to be drawn to a crying child. It’s only natural to kneel down, put a hand on their shoulder, and try to get to the bottom of why they’re upset. It’s only natural to want to make it all better. But doing so in the moments after enforcing […]

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Students Who Lie And Deny

How To Handle Students Who Lie And Deny

While observing your class gather materials for a science experiment, you notice a student kicking the heels of the boy in front of them. But because you’re in the good habit of letting misbehavior play out, you decide to watch a bit longer before jumping in. You see the boy turn and ask the student […]

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