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Smart Classroom Management: When And Why It's Okay For Students To Talk

When And Why It’s Okay For Students To Talk

There is a common misconception that effective classroom management means silence. It means rigidness and tight restriction. It means backs straight and eyes forward. Hour after hour. And while there are teachers who try to run their classroom this way, or think they should, here at SCM we think it’s a terrible idea. Because it […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Get Your Class Back On Track Fast

How To Get Your Class Back On Track Fast

Recently, I got a new group of students for a high school class I was teaching. Then a few days later, I came down with the flu. It was awful. It took me three weeks to shake and I missed more than a week of school. When I returned, it was as if my new […]

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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: A Simple Way To Calm An Excitable Class

A Simple Way To Calm An Excitable Class

Excitability is a major cause of misbehavior. Which is why it is present in virtually every classroom where the teacher is struggling. You can feel it the moment you enter the room. There is an unmistakable buzz, a live wire of tension, a jitter of frenetic energy. Like the students have been mainlining triple espresso. […]

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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: How To Handle Students Who Question Your Methods

How To Handle Students Who Question Your Methods

“Why do we have to raise our hand?” “Why can’t we talk while we’re working?” “Why do we have to walk in line?” The questions may be different, but they’re all meant to challenge your methods. They’re meant to challenge your decisions, your motives, and in some cases, even your authority. They’re often asked with […]

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