Making Difficult Students Worse

Are You Making Your Most Difficult Students Worse?

Most teachers are hyperaware of their most difficult students—and well they should be. It’s smart to know where they are and what they’re doing. But this awareness can cause you to behave oddly around them. It can cause you to glare and glower in their direction. It can cause you to hover near the edges […]

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Praise With Power

How To Praise With Power

A teacher walks wordlessly with one of her most challenging students. They’re on the playground and it’s recess time. Some distance away the rest of the class laughs and plays and loses themselves in games of tetherball and foursquare. From a distance you might assume that the teacher has pulled the student aside to lecture […]

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Why You Shouldn't Redirect Misbehavior

Why You Shouldn’t Redirect Misbehavior

It’s standard practice. You catch a student in the act of misbehavior and you move in to redirect them. You physically intervene. You stop them in their tracks. You lean down, explain what they did wrong, and then guide them down the proper path. It seems like the right thing to do. It makes sense. […]

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Why Silent Modeling Is A Powerful Strategy

Why Silent Modeling Is A Powerful Strategy

Done right, modeling has the power to teach your students virtually anything you want them to be able to do. And in a way they won’t soon forget. The problem, however, is that most teachers don’t model very well. They gloss over details. They rush through important steps. They cut short what should be a […]

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Why You Don't Have To Be Cool To Build Rapport

Why You Don’t Have To Be Cool To Build Rapport

There is a common misconception that you must be “cool” in order to build rapport. The idea being that unless you’re able to interact with students on their level, unless you can speak their pop/youth culture language and tap into their wider influences, your influence will be limited. They’ll dismiss you and disregard what you […]

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Why You Should Never Lose Your Cool

11 Reasons Why You Should Never, Ever Lose Your Cool

Teachers tend to lose their cool when they feel they have no other recourse. Their buttons get pushed, frustration builds, and they boil over. They raise their voice. They fume and lecture. They glare and scold and stab the air with their finger. For some, it’s a hair-trigger habit that can happen with the least […]

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