Smart Classroom Management: liHow To Get Your Students To Like Your Class Rules

How To Get Your Students To Like Your Class Rules

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of explaining ‘why’ when presenting your classroom management plan. Studies have shown that people are more likely to do what you ask if you give them a reason. Even if that reason isn’t terribly compelling. Just using the word “because” will make your rules more meaningful. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Be A Better, Happier Teacher Next School Year

How To Be A Better, Happier Teacher Next School Year

Before rushing headlong into summer, it’s instructive to take a look back. To reflect on what went well during the past school year and what didn’t. Because, unless you know where you need to improve, you’re destined to experience the same frustrations year after year. So I created a survey based on the core principles […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Avoid A Big, Ugly Bad Day

How To Avoid A Big, Ugly Bad Day

It happens for no apparent reason. You’re cruising along. Your students are attentive and respectful. They’re listening and getting their work done. Behavior is good. But then, out of nowhere, you notice a slight fraying at the seams. They enter the classroom with a hint of carelessness. They seem less motivated to follow your directions. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Avoid A Stress-Filled End To The School Year

How To Avoid A Stress-Filled End To The School Year

With just days left in the school year, your students can feel the freedom of summer fast approaching. Testing is behind them. Grades are all but complete. Anticipation is in the air. And with one foot already out the door, it changes them. They become chatty and restless. They become distracted and excitable. They become […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Encourage Your Students To Follow Rules

How To Encourage Your Students To Follow Rules

Here at SCM, we talk a lot about the importance of creating a classroom students look forward to. It’s one of our core principles. Because, when your students enjoy being a member of your class, they’re naturally inclined to follow rules. They want to follow them because the learning experience you provide is so much […]

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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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