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How To Handle Students Who Push Your Buttons

How To Handle Students Who Push Your Buttons

Maybe it’s the way they interrupt you. Maybe it’s their disrespectful tone. Maybe it’s their silliness or side-talking or affinity for misbehaving at the worst possible time. Whatever it is, it bugs you. It gets under your skin. It prompts an internal dialogue you’re not very proud of. If you’re like most teachers, you tend […]

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How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

You praise. You encourage. You pep-talk, demand, and implore. But nothing seems to change. Trying and failing to motivate unmotivated students is a common frustration among teachers. It’s a frustration with seemingly no real answers beyond the same old, same old. Until today. Because I’m going to share with you a reliable way to begin […]

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Class-Clown Disruptions And Disrespect

How To Handle Class-Clown Disruptions And Disrespect

There is nothing wrong with a class clown. In fact, students gifted with a clever sense of humor can be a wonderful asset to your classroom. They can be another ingredient in the mix that helps you create a learning environment students love being part of. The truth is, the most effective classrooms laugh. They […]

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Why You Should Never Give Options Instead Of Consequences

Why You Should Never Give Choices Instead Of Consequences

Here at Smart Classroom Management we hear from teachers and administrators from all four corners of the globe. And one of the more perplexing trends in classroom management is to give students choices instead of consequences. For example: Let’s say a student named Jason is up and walking about your room while the rest of […]

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When And Why You Should Ignore Crying Students

When (And Why) You Should Ignore Crying Students

Like most caring teachers, it’s only natural to be drawn to a crying child. It’s only natural to kneel down, put a hand on their shoulder, and try to get to the bottom of why they’re upset. It’s only natural to want to make it all better. But doing so in the moments after enforcing […]

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Students Who Lie And Deny

How To Handle Students Who Lie And Deny

While observing your class gather materials for a science experiment, you notice a student kicking the heels of the boy in front of them. But because you’re in the good habit of letting misbehavior play out, you decide to watch a bit longer before jumping in. You see the boy turn and ask the student […]

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