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Smart Classroom Management: The Key To Motivating Students

The Key To Motivating Students

It’s important that your students know you care about them. It’s important that they know you’re there for them. It’s important that they know you only want what is best for them. This is no small thing. The teacher whose students believe this about them is far more effective than the scores of teachers whose […]

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A Fun Way To Get Students Engaged In Discussions

A Fun Way To Get Students Engaged In Great Discussions

One of the challenges of group work is getting students to actively participate in discussions. Providing clear expectations and compelling topics help, to be sure. So does modeling what group learning should look like. But it’s not always enough. Many students struggle with what to say. They become self-conscious and tongue-tied outside of their circle […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Drench Your Students In Learning

How To Drench Your Students In Learning

One of the biggest mistakes teachers make is that they get too involved in student work. They pull up a chair and join in discussions. They lean down and offer unsolicited suggestions. They interrupt, remind, encourage, guide, and hint. And although there are times when you may need to get involved to some degree, and […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Needy, Grabby, Dependent Students

How To Handle Needy, Grabby, Dependent Students

They materialize in front of you, demanding your attention. They pull on your sleeve and tap on your arm. They barge into your personal space, interrupt you where you stand, and begin talking before you even have a chance to acknowledge them. They tattle. They complain. They dramatize. They need you to fix their problem […]

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A Simple Way To Improve Student Talk

A Simple Way To Improve Student Talk

Are you having trouble getting your students engaged in quality discussions? You’re not alone. We frequently hear from teachers who struggle in this area. Given the growing emphasis on student talk, this is no small problem. Your students’ ability to communicate has suddenly become a reflection of your teaching. This realization has made teachers more […]

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When And Why You Should Leave Your Students Alone

When And Why You Should Leave Your Students Alone

The picture of an entire class lost in their work is the most beautiful sight in teaching. Because it’s irrefutable proof that your lesson was effective, and that learning, deep and meaningful, is taking place. Sadly, it’s a scene that rarely plays out. Most teachers find themselves rushing from one student to the next, reteaching […]

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Why You Must Remind Students Of Their Purpose

Why You Must Remind Students Of Their Purpose

If not reminded, and reminded often, your students will naturally slip into believing that school is just something they’re supposed to do. They never consider that school doesn’t need them, individually anyway, but that they need school. So many students approach their education as if it were the other way around, as if their school […]

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