Smart Classroom Management: How To Start Over In Three Steps

How To Start Over In Three Steps

At this time of year, I often hear from teachers wondering if they should, or even can, start over again. Either they’ve been inconsistent. Or they didn’t teach their classroom management plan thoroughly enough the first time. Or they didn’t have much of a plan to begin with. Whatever the case, they’re just barely hanging […]

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Smart Classroom Management: When You Shouldn't Enforce A Consequence

When You Shouldn’t Enforce A Consequence

One of the core tenets of SCM is to hold your students accountable for every rule violation. You do what you say you’re going to do. You follow through on your promises. Student breaks a rule and you enforce a consequence. It’s as simple as that. Done in a certain way—as we recommend here on […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Stay The Course With A Tough Class

How To Stay The Course With A Tough Class

The tougher the class, the easier it is to be inconsistent. The easier it is to give in and lose control. Which is why when you have a challenging group of students you must be mentally tough. You must be, as Winston Churchill once said, “a peg, hammered into the frozen ground, immovable.” But how? […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Create An Independent, Motivated, And Mature Class

How To Create An Independent, Motivated, And Mature Class

When teachers first implement an effective classroom management plan . . . By teaching and modeling it in detail. By following it exactly as it’s written. By being consistent day after day. . . . they’re often shocked by how peaceful their classroom becomes. The respect, the contentment, the quietude. The smiles, the thank yous, […]

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Smart Classroom Management: A Mysterious But Powerful Way To Improve Listening

A Mysterious But Powerful Way To Improve Listening

We’ve covered the topic of speaking so students will listen extensively here at SCM. We’ve talked about the importance of not repeating yourself. We’ve talked about volume and pacing. We’ve talked about timing, pausing, brevity, clarity, and eye contact. But what we have yet to cover is perhaps the single most important key to improving […]

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