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Smart Classroom Management: How To Respond to An Angry Student

How To Respond To An Angry Student

It happens, often without warning. A student becomes so angry they verge on losing control. They fume and seethe. They glare and tear up. They turn dark crimson. Sometimes we know the cause of their infuriation and other times we have no idea. The worst mistake is trying to get to the bottom of it […]

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Are You Focusing On The Wrong Students?

Are You Focusing On The Wrong Students?

Ask a struggling teacher how their class is going and they’ll inevitably bring up one or two students who take up much of their time. They’ll lament the disruptions and the battles. They’ll tell horror stories of incidents past. They’ll share how they’ve tried everything under the sun and yet nothing works. Undoubtedly, if you […]

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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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