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Why Your Time-Out May Be A Waste Of Time

Here at SCM we recommend a 15-minute time-out. Even for younger students. This is longer than many teachers are comfortable with. The thinking is that a student in time-out will miss too much participation time. They’ll grow bored and antsy and start misbehaving. Besides, it’s too harsh. But none of this is true. In fact, […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Are You Praising Too Much To Start The School Year?

Are You Praising Too Much To Start The School Year?

If you’re a regular reader of SCM, then you know we recommend worthy praise only. That is, we recommend praise based on exceptional effort or new (but challenging) learning. Which can vary from student to student. Praise for expected behavior, however, is verboten. (A simple “thank you” will do.) Stick to these guidelines and the […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Build Rapport On The First Day Of School

How To Build Rapport On The First Day Of School

Building rapport is one of an umbrella of strategies whose goal is to create a classroom your students love being part of. And why is that important? Because when your students look forward to your class, everything is easier. From behavior to attentiveness to work habits, every area of classroom management is made better. But […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Big Mistakes Teachers Make When Enforcing Consequences

3 Big Mistakes Teachers Make When Enforcing Consequences

Last week we talked about how to be consistent with your classroom management plan. Which is especially important to begin the school year. This alone will go a long way toward creating the learning environment you really want. Once you’ve conquered this challenge, however, there is another pitfall looming around the corner. You see, how […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Be Consistent From The First Day Of School To The Last

How To Be Consistent From The First Day Of School To The Last

There is great freedom in consistency. Because when you follow your classroom management plan to a tee, you remove the guesswork. You eliminate the stress of lecturing, correcting, and trying to convince your students to behave. You wipe away the friction and resentment. The responsibility for misbehavior, then, falls entirely on them—with none of it […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Create The Perfect Set Of Classroom Rules

How to Create The Perfect Set Of Classroom Rules

Your classroom rules are the first line of defense against misbehavior. They should never be left to chance. They should never be created as an afterthought or copied from the teacher next door. They must be created thoughtfully and in a way that is relevant and meaningful to students. We know from talking with teachers […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 5 Simple Hacks To Cut Your Lesson Planning Time In Half

5 Simple Hacks That Will Cut Your Planning Time In Half

One of the many benefits of exceptional classroom management is that it saves time. With far fewer disruptions, you’re free to focus on student learning. You’re free to teach and inspire and build influential relationships. You’re free to recede into the background just to observe, to think, and to make adjustments. In other words, you’re […]

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