Archive | Rapport & Influence

Smart Classroom Management: Why It's Okay To Be Weird

Why It’s Okay To Be Weird

Here at SCM, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of maintaining a calm disposition. It is, without a doubt, the most effective way to keep misbehavior-causing excitability out of your classroom. But it’s also caused some confusion among SCM readers. You see, staying calm doesn’t mean you must button up your personality. It doesn’t […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Three Little Words That Show Students You Care

Three Little Words That Show Students You Care

Your smile and consistency. Your pleasantness and good humor. Your kindness, honesty, and simplicity of message. Day in and day out, they let your students know how much you care. It’s something they can see and feel as plain as day. Which in turn builds trust and rapport, drawing them inexorably into your circle of […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Your Students Need To Play

Why Your Students Need To Play

First-time visitors to SCM are often drawn to articles that deal with boundaries. They want to know how to set limits and hold students accountable. They’re looking for rules and consequences, borders and constraints. They want to gain control and begin reining in an unruly class. We’re happy to cover these topics. They’re important, to […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Good Rapport With Students Is A Choice You Make Every Day

Why Good Rapport With Students Is A Choice You Make Every Day

The importance of having good rapport with students can’t be overstated. Because rapport gives you leverage. It gives you leadership presence and the influence to change behavior. It causes students to want to listen, learn, and behave for you—even when they’re hellions with other teachers. Rapport is also the ingredient that makes teaching one of […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How to Ask Your Students For The Moon And Get It

How To Ask Your Students For The Moon . . . And Get It

Recently, a former student contacted me through the SCM Facebook page. He was in my sixth-grade class almost 20 years ago. I remembered him well. In fact, although I didn’t use his real name, I mentioned him in Dream Class. He was the tough but highly respected boy who escorted a blind student to the […]

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Why You Don't Have To Be Cool To Build Rapport

Why You Don’t Have To Be Cool To Build Rapport

There is a common misconception that you must be “cool” in order to build rapport. The idea being that unless you’re able to interact with students on their level, unless you can speak their pop/youth culture language and tap into their wider influences, your influence will be limited. They’ll dismiss you and disregard what you […]

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Building Relationships With Students

What Building Relationships With Students Really Means

It’s common for teachers to misunderstand the term “building relationships.” They hear of the importance of creating connections with students—particularly difficult students—and assume it means they need to spend more time with them individually. They assume it means they need to try and get to know them on a more personal level. But for a […]

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