Author Archive | Michael Linsin

Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Dominate Discussions

How To Handle Students Who Dominate Discussions

Do you have two or three students with their hands up all the time . . . While the rest of your class sits on theirs? Not good. Because it’s a clear sign that a majority of your students don’t feel safe enough to participate. It also means that learning is suffering—right along with enjoyment […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers

5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers

There are those who believe you should never tell a student who volunteers an answer that they’re wrong. And I certainly understand why. It can be embarrassing for them. It can feel like a rejection. It can discourage them from sharing again in the future. But there are times when you’re looking for a particular […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Conquer Fear And Change Your Teaching Life Forever

How To Conquer Fear And Change Your Teaching Life Forever

The Smart Classroom Management approach works. It works for elementary school teachers. It works for middle and high school teachers. It works for new teachers and veterans alike. It works regardless of where you teach, who your students are, or whether or not you have the most challenging class in the school. We’ve heard from […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle A Student Who Won't Take Responsibility

How To Handle A Student Who Won’t Take Responsibility

The title of this article comes straight from a reader’s question. It assumes that taking responsibility is something that you, the teacher, must secure from the misbehaving student. It assumes that it’s something the student must verbalize to you. It isn’t. In fact, if you try to draw it out of them—by way of questioning, […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Gain Control Of An Out-Of-Control Class

How To Gain Control Of An Out-Of-Control Class

In the past, I’ve written about the importance of starting over from scratch when you feel yourself losing control of your class. But what if you can’t even get your students’ attention? What if they act as if you don’t exist? What if you stop your lesson to wait . . . And they don’t […]

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