Smart Classroom Management: How To Build Deep Trust With Your New Class

How To Build Deep Trust With Your New Class

Trust is an often-overlooked aspect of effective classroom management. But it’s critically important. It’s important because when your students trust you—really trust you—everything is easier. And when they don’t? Well, nothing works as it should. Listening, attentiveness, motivation, work habits, respect, behavior . . . Virtually every area of classroom management is made weaker when […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle A Class That Tests You Right From The Get-Go

How To Handle A Class That Tests You Right From The Get-Go

You begin the school year with so much hope. But then, not an hour after teaching your classroom management plan, your students are misbehaving. They’re talking when you’re talking. They’re leaving their seats without permission. They’re calling out, giggling, and ignoring your directions. It’s disheartening—and only natural to feel as if you did something wrong. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Good Rapport With Students Is A Choice You Make Every Day

Why Good Rapport With Students Is A Choice You Make Every Day

The importance of having good rapport with students can’t be overstated. Because rapport gives you leverage. It gives you leadership presence and the influence to change behavior. It causes students to want to listen, learn, and behave for you—even when they’re hellions with other teachers. Rapport is also the ingredient that makes teaching one of […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 5 Essential Strategies For The First Day Of School

5 Essential Strategies For The First Day Of School

In the past, I’ve written about the importance of ensuring a happy first day of school experience for your students. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest is that it gives you leverage. You see, when students like being in your classroom, your classroom management plan will matter to them. It will have […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How I Write A Blog Article

How I Write A Blog Article

Recently, a number of readers have shown an interest in how I go about creating a weekly article. So I thought this would be a good week to take a look behind the scenes here at SCM. And unpack the process of writing a blog post. I wish I could say that I can knock […]

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