Are You Humiliating Students Without Even Knowing It?

Are You Humiliating Students Without Even Knowing it?

“Why on earth would you want to do that?” “What? That doesn’t make any sense.” “Where in the world did you get that idea?” They are comments that roll off the tongue without second thought. They’re a gut reaction to a private question or idea from a student that we can’t wrap our head around. […]

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Should Students Raise Their Hand In Small Groups?

Should Students Raise Their Hand In Small Groups?

Requiring students to raise their hand before speaking is good classroom management practice. You can’t very well control the flow of learning and discussion while being interrupted every few minutes. Inspiration will sag. Trains of thought will vanish. Boredom and inattentiveness will pervade your classroom like a Golden Gate fog. It’s also impolite to call […]

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2 Simple Strategies To Improve Listening

2 Simple Strategies To Improve Listening

Listening is a topic we return to again and again here at SCM. Because it’s that important. The difference in learning and behavior between a class that listens well and one that doesn’t is monumental. It’s also an area many teachers struggle with, as evidenced by the scores of emails we receive each week. The […]

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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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