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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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Smart Classroom Management: How To Respond After An Apathetic, Inattentive Lesson

How To Respond After An Apathetic, Inattentive Lesson

It’s demoralizing. You plan a great lesson. You give it your enthusiastic best. But your students don’t respond well. At all. They’re distracted and sleepy. They’re bored and slouched in their seats. They’re uninspired and blase’ about what you have to teach them. When you finally send them off for independent or group work, they […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Improve Listening With Strategic Pausing

How To Improve Listening With Strategic Pausing

Do you ever get the feeling your students aren’t hearing a word you say? They may be quiet. They may be looking at you. But you know they’re not actually listening. Maybe it’s the blank expressions. Maybe it’s the sighs and yawns. Maybe it’s the agonizing boredom etched on their faces. But you just know. […]

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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: A Simple Wat To Teach Compelling Lessons

A Simple Way To Teach Compelling Lessons

Here at SCM, we receive a lot of questions about how to teach lessons that capture student interest. And for good reason. The ability to get your students to want to listen and pay attention plays a critical role in curbing misbehavior. It also profoundly affects their enjoyment of the class and the quality of […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 4 More Words That Improve Listening

4 More Words That Improve Listening

Last week’s article was about how just three words can improve listening. The phrase “in a moment” keeps students from moving on while you’re giving directions. It keeps them rooted in the present and tuned in until the end. This week, we’re going to build on the same strategy. We’re going to add four more […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Simple Words That Improve Listening

3 Simple Words That Improve Listening

It’s most noticeable when giving directions. And it’s so, so frustrating. You can actually see it happening right in front of you. As soon as your students think they understand what you’re asking of them, they mentally check out. They stop listening. They turn to their tablemates. They fumble with materials. They begin moving toward […]

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