Smart Classroom Management: How To Bring New Students Into Your Peaceful Classroom

How To Bring New Students Into Your Peaceful Classroom

If you aren’t careful, a new student can severely disrupt your classroom and the peace you’ve worked so hard to obtain. Although often calm and quiet in the beginning, whatever habits and behaviors were permitted at their previous school will eventually bubble to the surface. So it’s important not to be lulled into thinking that […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Be The Teacher Your Students Need

How To Be The Teacher Your Students Need

Recently, a teacher asked me to observe her in action. It didn’t go well. Her classroom was chaotic. Her students played and goofed off. They yelled and roughhoused. They wrestled, guffawed, and used language that would make a sailor blush. They dismissed her and her instruction and did, for the most part, whatever they wanted. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Dominate Discussions

How To Handle Students Who Dominate Discussions

Do you have two or three students with their hands up all the time . . . While the rest of your class sits on theirs? Not good. Because it’s a clear sign that a majority of your students don’t feel safe enough to participate. It also means that learning is suffering—right along with enjoyment […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers

5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers

There are those who believe you should never tell a student who volunteers an answer that they’re wrong. And I certainly understand why. It can be embarrassing for them. It can feel like a rejection. It can discourage them from sharing again in the future. But there are times when you’re looking for a particular […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Conquer Fear And Change Your Teaching Life Forever

How To Conquer Fear And Change Your Teaching Life Forever

The Smart Classroom Management approach works. It works for elementary school teachers. It works for middle and high school teachers. It works for new teachers and veterans alike. It works regardless of where you teach, who your students are, or whether or not you have the most challenging class in the school. We’ve heard from […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle A Student Who Won't Take Responsibility

How To Handle A Student Who Won’t Take Responsibility

The title of this article comes straight from a reader’s question. It assumes that taking responsibility is something that you, the teacher, must secure from the misbehaving student. It assumes that it’s something the student must verbalize to you. It isn’t. In fact, if you try to draw it out of them—by way of questioning, […]

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