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Smart Classroom Management: How To Put An End To Roughhousing

How To Put An End To Roughhousing

Roughhousing can be a tricky area of classroom management. Although nearly every teacher has a rule forbidding it, it can be difficult to get rid of. Especially once it gets a toehold in your classroom. Enforcement and consistency are key, of course. But because the behavior is so impulsive, some students seem unable to control […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Give You Attitude

How To Handle Students Who Give You Attitude

Eye rolls, deep sighs, melodramatic body language . . . They’re responses to teacher requests or reminders (i.e. “Please put your backpack away.”) that aren’t quite disrespectful. But darn close. Sometimes they’re accompanied by a sarcastic “Sorry!” or “Oh my gosh!” They’re delivered indirectly and out of frustration and are usually not malicious. They do, […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Get Difficult Students To Listen To You

How To Get Difficult Students To Listen To You

You offer encouragement. You give reminders. You supply wisdom and inspiration you hope will make an impact. But your words fall on deaf ears. Nothing you say to your most challenging students seems to make a difference. They continue to misbehave, ignore your advice, and disappoint you day after day. What you need is a […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Students Don't Participate In Discussions And What To Do About It

Why Students Don’t Participate In Discussions And What To Do About It

Make no mistake. Participating in class discussions is important, for all students. It’s important for their academic development. It’s important for their communication skills. It’s important for their confidence and enjoyment of school. But it’s also one of the most misunderstood areas of teaching. Conventional wisdom says that you should confront students directly about their […]

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Smart Classroom Management: A Trick To Staying Calm All Day Long

A Trick To Staying Calm All Day Long

Keeping a calm, unruffled temperament makes classroom management easier. It effectively removes excitability, which is a major cause of misbehavior. It makes you more likable and worthy of trust. It gives you leadership presence and allows you to build effortless rapport. But for many teachers, it’s also easier said than done. In fact, the harder […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Teach At A Rewards-Focused School

How To Teach At A Rewards-Focused School

If you’re a regular reader of SCM, then you know how I feel about rewarding students in exchange for good (i.e. expected) behavior. A do-this-and-get-that approach to classroom management is damaging to kids. It snuffs out intrinsic motivation and turns the student-teacher relationship into a cold-hearted transaction. It also makes managing your classroom far more […]

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