Smart Classroom Management: Why Students Tattle And How To End It

Why Students Tattle And How To End It

Tattling is annoying. It’s disruptive. It’s petty. It wastes time and gets on your nerves. We think of it as something students do to gain attention or get others in trouble. So we wave them off. We send them back to their seat. We tell them to worry about themselves and to mind their own […]

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Smart Classroom Management: The Key To Motivating Students

The Key To Motivating Students

It’s important that your students know you care about them. It’s important that they know you’re there for them. It’s important that they know you only want what is best for them. This is no small thing. The teacher whose students believe this about them is far more effective than the scores of teachers whose […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Misbehavior Outside Of Your Classroom

How To Handle Misbehavior Outside Of Your Classroom

Here at SCM, we’ve received a number of emails asking how best to handle students who misbehave outside the four walls of the classroom, but while still in your presence. In other words, how do you respond to rule-breaking while walking to lunch, for example, or at an assembly? It’s a thorny issue, because you […]

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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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