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Smart Classroom Management: A Radical Way To Transform Difficult Students

A Radical Way To Transform Difficult Students

So you have this student who disrupts your class every day. They’re a constant annoyance. You spend more time dealing with them than any ten students put together. You think about them in your off hours. You talk about them with your spouse. They get under your skin like nothing else. You hold them accountable […]

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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 You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

Why You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

One of the biggest reasons difficult students misbehave is because they’re often treated with the expectation that they will. Teachers tend to hover near them. They’re frequently pulled aside for reminders, lectures, and pep-talks. They’re rewarded inexplicably, praised effusively, and spoken to differently than other students. These are common, often impulsive, reactions to those who […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Hold Difficult Students Accountable

How To Hold Difficult Students Accountable

Last week, a reader asked a question I’ve gotten a lot over the years. “How should I hold difficult students accountable?” It’s a topic I haven’t covered specifically because the answer is so simple and direct: Just like everyone else. You calmly approach the student. You deliver the news. “You have a warning for breaking […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Bring New Students Into Your Peaceful Classroom

How To Bring New Students Into Your Peaceful Classroom

If you aren’t careful, a new student can severely disrupt your classroom and the peace you’ve worked so hard to obtain. Although often calm and quiet in the beginning, whatever habits and behaviors were permitted at their previous school will eventually bubble to the surface. So it’s important not to be lulled into thinking that […]

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