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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Bad Habits You Must Avoid This School Year

3 Bad Habits You Must Avoid This School Year

Most teachers begin the school year strong. They teach their classroom management plan in detail. They set expectations and polish and hone routines. They build quick rapport and inspire good initial behavior. Everything seems so easy. But then, three or four weeks in, things begin to change. Restlessness creeps in. Attitudes develop. Listening takes a […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Common First Day Of School Mistakes

3 Common First-Day-Of-School Mistakes

Come the first day of school, you’ll be ready. Your room, your schedule, your activities and lessons. Your outfit. All primed, polished, and poised to succeed. You’ll even know exactly what you’re going to say when you greet your new class. Which is all well and good. But there is something about the first day […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 9 Ways To Have More Authority Next School Year

9 Ways To Have More Authority Next School Year

Authority plays an important role in effective classroom management. Because it affects how students view you. It affects how well they listen to you and follow your directions. It affects their behavior around you, their trust in you, and their respect for you. Some teachers seem to have it right out of the box. They […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Promises For The First Day Of School

3 Promises For The First Day Of School

Of the many items on your first-day-of-school checklist, three promises should go at the very top. Because, together, they have the power to set a tone of kindness and good behavior that lasts for the entire school year. They also make you instantly likeable and establish you as a leader worth following. They ensure your […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Build Deep Trust With Your New Class

How To Build Deep Trust With Your New Class

Trust is an often-overlooked aspect of effective classroom management. But it’s critically important. It’s important because when your students trust you—really trust you—everything is easier. And when they don’t? Well, nothing works as it should. Listening, attentiveness, motivation, work habits, respect, behavior . . . Virtually every area of classroom management is made weaker when […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle A Class That Tests You Right From The Get-Go

How To Handle A Class That Tests You Right From The Get-Go

You begin the school year with so much hope. But then, not an hour after teaching your classroom management plan, your students are misbehaving. They’re talking when you’re talking. They’re leaving their seats without permission. They’re calling out, giggling, and ignoring your directions. It’s disheartening—and only natural to feel as if you did something wrong. […]

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