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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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Smart Classroom Management: How To Avoid A Stress-Filled End To The School Year

How To Avoid A Stress-Filled End To The School Year

With just days left in the school year, your students can feel the freedom of summer fast approaching. Testing is behind them. Grades are all but complete. Anticipation is in the air. And with one foot already out the door, it changes them. They become chatty and restless. They become distracted and excitable. They become […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Students Tattle And How To End It

Why Students Tattle And How To End It

Tattling is annoying. It’s disruptive. It’s petty. It wastes time and gets on your nerves. We think of it as something students do to gain attention or get others in trouble. So we wave them off. We send them back to their seat. We tell them to worry about themselves and to mind their own […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How A Simple List Can Improve Behavior

How A Simple List Can Improve Behavior

This week I’d like to share with you a very simple strategy. It’s something you can do every day. It takes less than a minute. But it can improve any area of classroom management your students are struggling with. On the surface, the strategy appears almost too simple. But it works exceptionally well. It has […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Gentleness Is A Strong Classroom Management Strategy

Why Gentleness Is A Strong Classroom Management Strategy

There is a common misconception that you must have a big presence to be an effective leader. You must psych yourself up, throw your shoulders back, and move boldly among your students. Your voice must boom. Your walk must swagger. Your eyes must squint and narrow in on your charges. And while classroom presence is […]

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