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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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Smart Classroom Management: 5 Essential Strategies For The First Day Of School

5 Essential Strategies For The First Day Of School

In the past, I’ve written about the importance of ensuring a happy first day of school experience for your students. There are many reasons for this, but the biggest is that it gives you leverage. You see, when students like being in your classroom, your classroom management plan will matter to them. It will have […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Are You Praising Too Much To Start The School Year?

Are You Praising Too Much To Start The School Year?

If you’re a regular reader of SCM, then you know we recommend worthy praise only. That is, we recommend praise based on exceptional effort or new (but challenging) learning. Which can vary from student to student. Praise for expected behavior, however, is verboten. (A simple “thank you” will do.) Stick to these guidelines and the […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Build Rapport On The First Day Of School

How To Build Rapport On The First Day Of School

Building rapport is one of an umbrella of strategies whose goal is to create a classroom your students love being part of. And why is that important? Because when your students look forward to your class, everything is easier. From behavior to attentiveness to work habits, every area of classroom management is made better. But […]

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