Smart Classroom Management: A Radical Way To Transform Difficult Students

A Radical Way To Transform Difficult Students

So you have this student who disrupts your class every day. They’re a constant annoyance. You spend more time dealing with them than any ten students put together. You think about them in your off hours. You talk about them with your spouse. They get under your skin like nothing else. You hold them accountable […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Staying Late After School Is A Mistake

Why Staying Late After School Is A Mistake

For a small minority of teachers, staying late after school is a symbol of their dedication. It makes them feel as if they’re doing everything they can for their students. It gives them a sense of pride. They like having their car the last one on the parking lot—and the reputation that comes with it. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: When And Why It's Okay For Students To Talk

When And Why It’s Okay For Students To Talk

There is a common misconception that effective classroom management means silence. It means rigidness and tight restriction. It means backs straight and eyes forward. Hour after hour. And while there are teachers who try to run their classroom this way, or think they should, here at SCM we think it’s a terrible idea. Because it […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Misbehave Behind Your Back

How To Handle Students Who Misbehave Behind Your Back

It can be especially frustrating. You’re working with a group or helping an individual student. Perhaps you’re walking the perimeter of your classroom, observing and looking over shoulders. Then you hear a burst of chatter and giggling just out of your view. You look up or turn, but nothing seems amiss. At least, nothing blatant. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Change A Student's Life

How To Change A Student’s Life

One of the benefits of the SCM approach is that you’ll really get to know your students. You’ll have the freedom to observe them without distractions and interruptions. You’ll have the time to listen to them and learn of their hopes and dreams. You’ll have the trust and likability that breaks down walls and frees […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Put An End To Roughhousing

How To Put An End To Roughhousing

Roughhousing can be a tricky area of classroom management. Although nearly every teacher has a rule forbidding it, it can be difficult to get rid of. Especially once it gets a toehold in your classroom. Enforcement and consistency are key, of course. But because the behavior is so impulsive, some students seem unable to control […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Get Your Class Back On Track Fast

How To Get Your Class Back On Track Fast

Recently, I got a new group of students for a high school class I was teaching. Then a few days later, I came down with the flu. It was awful. It took me three weeks to shake and I missed more than a week of school. When I returned, it was as if my new […]

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