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Smart Classroom Management: Why You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

Why You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

One of the biggest reasons difficult students misbehave is because they’re often treated with the expectation that they will. Teachers tend to hover near them. They’re frequently pulled aside for reminders, lectures, and pep-talks. They’re rewarded inexplicably, praised effusively, and spoken to differently than other students. These are common, often impulsive, reactions to those who […]

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Smart Classroom Management: A Simple Way To Calm An Excitable Class

A Simple Way To Calm An Excitable Class

Excitability is a major cause of misbehavior. Which is why it is present in virtually every classroom where the teacher is struggling. You can feel it the moment you enter the room. There is an unmistakable buzz, a live wire of tension, a jitter of frenetic energy. Like the students have been mainlining triple espresso. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Hold Difficult Students Accountable

How To Hold Difficult Students Accountable

Last week, a reader asked a question I’ve gotten a lot over the years. “How should I hold difficult students accountable?” It’s a topic I haven’t covered specifically because the answer is so simple and direct: Just like everyone else. You calmly approach the student. You deliver the news. “You have a warning for breaking […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Bring New Students Into Your Peaceful Classroom

How To Bring New Students Into Your Peaceful Classroom

If you aren’t careful, a new student can severely disrupt your classroom and the peace you’ve worked so hard to obtain. Although often calm and quiet in the beginning, whatever habits and behaviors were permitted at their previous school will eventually bubble to the surface. So it’s important not to be lulled into thinking that […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Dominate Discussions

How To Handle Students Who Dominate Discussions

Do you have two or three students with their hands up all the time . . . While the rest of your class sits on theirs? Not good. Because it’s a clear sign that a majority of your students don’t feel safe enough to participate. It also means that learning is suffering—right along with enjoyment […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers

5 Ways To Respond To Wrong Answers

There are those who believe you should never tell a student who volunteers an answer that they’re wrong. And I certainly understand why. It can be embarrassing for them. It can feel like a rejection. It can discourage them from sharing again in the future. But there are times when you’re looking for a particular […]

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