Smart Classroom Management: How To Be A Classroom Management Pro

How To Be A Classroom Management Pro

A few years ago, I wrote an article called 50 Things You Don’t Have To Do For Effective Classroom Management. It resonated with a lot of readers. The reason, I believe, is because there is so much misinformation out there. We’re bombarded with it every day and from dozens of different sources. Making it increasingly […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Respond After An Apathetic, Inattentive Lesson

How To Respond After An Apathetic, Inattentive Lesson

It’s demoralizing. You plan a great lesson. You give it your enthusiastic best. But your students don’t respond well. At all. They’re distracted and sleepy. They’re bored and slouched in their seats. They’re uninspired and blase’ about what you have to teach them. When you finally send them off for independent or group work, they […]

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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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