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How To Have Effective Classroom Management

Teachers who struggle with classroom management tend to head into the start of every school year with a wait and see approach. Sure, they may have an idea of how they want to manage their classroom. They may have strategies they’ve leaned on in the past, lessons learned from the year before, and a renewed […]

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10 Simple Tweaks For Instant Behavior Improvement

10 Simple Tweaks For Instant Behavior Improvement

If you’re a longtime reader of Smart Classroom Management, then you know that we hold true the belief that classroom management is knowledge based. It’s something you can learn, apply, and see drastic, transformational improvement—no matter who you are or where you teach. Students respond predictably to certain approaches, strategies, and teacher behaviors, and so […]

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Smart Classroom Management: A Fun Way To Get Your Students To Follow Directions

A Fun Way To Get Your Students To Follow Directions

Following directions doesn’t improve by harping on it. It doesn’t improve by making a fuss about it or showing your frustration over it. And it doesn’t improve by pointing out to students how often or how poorly they’ve messed it up. The only surefire way of improving your students’ ability to follow directions is to […]

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How To Help Difficult Students Who Act Out Due To Emotional Turmoil

Many difficult students behave the way they do because they’ve experienced—and often continue to experience—emotional turmoil associated with a deplorable home life. Verbal and physical abuse, poverty, neglect, drug and alcohol use in the home, and other sources of emotional pain and trauma can cause them to act out in school. The anger they feel, […]

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Why You Should Never, Ever Confuse Accountability And Motivation

One reason many teachers struggle with classroom management is because they confuse motivation and accountability. Although related, they are two separate areas of classroom management. To be effective, they must remain separate. Teachers run into trouble when their attempts to motivate students to behave interfere with or replace the accountability process. It’s a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants method […]

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Why Intimidation Is A Terrible Classroom Management Strategy

Glaring, threatening, yelling, scolding, browbeating, pressuring, overbearing . . . few teachers would admit to using intimidation as a classroom management method, even to themselves. But many do. Perhaps not all the time, mind you. Perhaps only in weak moments or in short bursts of frustration. Maybe it’s only once in an azure moon. Or […]

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Are You Sabotaging Your Own Classroom Management Success?

One of the most common email questions we get is . . . “What about students from disadvantaged backgrounds?” The question never ceases to knock me back on my heels because, truth be told, every strategy on this website has been developed in classrooms with students living in among the most challenging circumstances. Disadvantaged, crime-ridden, […]

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