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Smart Classroom Management: How To Drastically Improve Your Class

How To Drastically Improve Your Class

There is a secret a small cadre of teachers share that can drastically improve your class. It works in all situations and grade levels. It’s simple and straightforward. It causes a giant leap in progress—from behavior and listening to work habits and attentiveness. It’s an approach, or rule of thumb, you can abide by and […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why It's Okay To Be Weird

Why It’s Okay To Be Weird

Here at SCM, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of maintaining a calm disposition. It is, without a doubt, the most effective way to keep misbehavior-causing excitability out of your classroom. But it’s also caused some confusion among SCM readers. You see, staying calm doesn’t mean you must button up your personality. It doesn’t […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Three Little Words That Show Students You Care

Three Little Words That Show Students You Care

Your smile and consistency. Your pleasantness and good humor. Your kindness, honesty, and simplicity of message. Day in and day out, they let your students know how much you care. It’s something they can see and feel as plain as day. Which in turn builds trust and rapport, drawing them inexorably into your circle of […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Start Over In Three Steps

How To Start Over In Three Steps

At this time of year, I often hear from teachers wondering if they should, or even can, start over again. Either they’ve been inconsistent. Or they didn’t teach their classroom management plan thoroughly enough the first time. Or they didn’t have much of a plan to begin with. Whatever the case, they’re just barely hanging […]

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Smart Classroom Management: When You Shouldn't Enforce A Consequence

When You Shouldn’t Enforce A Consequence

One of the core tenets of SCM is to hold your students accountable for every rule violation. You do what you say you’re going to do. You follow through on your promises. Student breaks a rule and you enforce a consequence. It’s as simple as that. Done in a certain way—as we recommend here on […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Create An Independent, Motivated, And Mature Class

How To Create An Independent, Motivated, And Mature Class

When teachers first implement an effective classroom management plan . . . By teaching and modeling it in detail. By following it exactly as it’s written. By being consistent day after day. . . . they’re often shocked by how peaceful their classroom becomes. The respect, the contentment, the quietude. The smiles, the thank yous, […]

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Smart Classroom Management: A Mysterious But Powerful Way To Improve Listening

A Mysterious But Powerful Way To Improve Listening

We’ve covered the topic of speaking so students will listen extensively here at SCM. We’ve talked about the importance of not repeating yourself. We’ve talked about volume and pacing. We’ve talked about timing, pausing, brevity, clarity, and eye contact. But what we have yet to cover is perhaps the single most important key to improving […]

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