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 harder to know what truly works.
There are also many commonly recommended strategies that can improve behavior in the immediate term, but make things worse over time.
Furthermore, many teachers are using methods from opposing philosophies that have no business in the same classroom together.
The result is more misbehavior, not less.
I began Smart Classroom Management in 2009 in large part to combat these misconceptions.
All of our strategies—from how to build relationships to how to hold students accountable—are philosophically aligned. They’re meant to be used together and get stronger over time.
They’re also best for students and their social and academic development.
Our primary goal here at SCM, however, is for you to experience teaching as it can and should be. That is, fulfilling, joyful, and low in stress.
Through our articles, as well as our books and guides, we endeavor to train teachers week after week in the SCM way.
These resources have been life-changing for many thousands of teachers.
But late last year I decided that I needed to offer something that would show teachers exactly how to get from point A to point B.
In other words, what steps must you take to become skilled at managing students?
How can you develop an ability you can rely on predictably and year after year no matter who shows up on your roster?
How do you take the worst behaved class in your school and make it the best behaved?
Over the past several months I’ve worked diligently to put together an online course that would answer these questions.
When I first started mapping out the course early last fall, I struggled to narrow down all the strategies we recommend at SCM—which now number in the hundreds—into a doable format.
But as December turned into January, and I kept working at it, I began recognizing certain patterns. Also, divinely, at the beginning of the fall term I had been given one of the most challenging classes I’ve ever had.
So I looked closely at my own current practice and what I was doing minute to minute and day after day.
Eventually, I realized that all SCM strategies, although individually effective, fall under the umbrella of a relatively small number of key strategies—or core strategies—that empower the teacher-user with a naturally effective skill set.
It is this same group of core strategies that I relied on to transform my difficult class into the respectful one that I looked forward to being with every day.
This was the breakthrough I needed to turn these insights into what has become The Total Classroom Management Makeover, which is now open for enrollment.
The course is a simple set of dos and don’ts that at first glance don’t appear terribly earth-shattering.
They aren’t fancy, colorful, or complex and they don’t involve any clever psychological manipulation or trickery.
But if you follow them without compromise, they will turn you into a classroom management pro who can mold any group of students into a happy, well-behaved class that you love teaching.
I stake my reputation on it.
To enroll in the course, or just to learn more, click here.
PS – The Total Classroom Management Makeover is only available for a short window of time. Enrollment ends June 6th.
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