Smart Classroom Management: 9 Ways To Have More Authority Next School Year

9 Ways To Have More Authority Next School Year

Authority plays an important role in effective classroom management. Because it affects how students view you. It affects how well they listen to you and follow your directions. It affects their behavior around you, their trust in you, and their respect for you. Some teachers seem to have it right out of the box. They […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Promises For The First Day Of School

3 Promises For The First Day Of School

Of the many items on your first-day-of-school checklist, three promises should go at the very top. Because, together, they have the power to set a tone of kindness and good behavior that lasts for the entire school year. They also make you instantly likeable and establish you as a leader worth following. They ensure your […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Be Both Calm And Enthusiastic Next School Year

How To Be Both Calm And Enthusiastic Next School Year

A calm disposition can sweep excitability right out of your classroom. It can improve listening and attentiveness. It can curb misbehavior and accelerate maturity. It can also make you a more effective teacher. But inevitably, whenever I write about its importance, the question of enthusiasm comes up. “How can I remain calm while at the […]

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Smart Classroom Management: The One Thing You Must Do To Avoid Stress And Improve Behavior

The One Thing You Must Do To Avoid Stress And Improve Behavior

Cultivating a calm disposition will make you a better teacher. It will also improve classroom management. Because students respect it. They’re drawn to it and admire it. Perhaps more than any other trait. It gives you a natural leadership presence and an effortless ability to build rapport. Because of its importance, I’ve written a lot […]

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25 Classroom Management Myths To Ponder This Summer

25 Classroom Management Myths To Ponder This Summer

It occurred to me while responding to a recent flurry of emails just how prevalent the myths are surrounding classroom management. They’ve become embedded in the teaching culture. Ensconced over time. They’re held on to tightly, often reverently, by those who seek to justify their struggles. Offering a ready-made excuse for unruliness and misbehavior. Or […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Reignite Your Love Of Teaching

How To Reignite Your Love Of Teaching

It’s official. A culture of pressure and stress has infected the teaching profession. It’s palpable in school after school and district after district. From Boston to Lisbon. Flat River to Bath. Spokane to Montreal. It’s fueled by a do-more and give-more mentality that has made the job increasingly more difficult. And a lot less fun. […]

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