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Smart Classroom Management: 5 Simple Ways To Eliminate Stress From Your Teaching Life

5 Simple Ways To Eliminate Stress From Your Teaching Life

Stress is a killer. And not just physically. It can also ruin your teaching career. It can destroy your peace and happiness. It can affect your relationship with students. It can severely limit your ability to manage your classroom. The good news is that there is a lot you can do about teaching-related pressure, strain, […]

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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 Be Both Calm And Enthusiastic Next School Year

How To Be Both Calm And Enthusiastic Next School Year

A calm disposition can sweep excitability right out of your classroom. It can improve listening and attentiveness. It can curb misbehavior and accelerate maturity. It can also make you a more effective teacher. But inevitably, whenever I write about its importance, the question of enthusiasm comes up. “How can I remain calm while at the […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Beg You Not To Hold The Accountable: How To Handle Students Who Beg You Not To Hold Them Accountable

How To Handle Students Who Beg You Not To Hold Them Accountable

“Please, just give me one more chance.” “I’m really sorry.” “I promise, it won’t happen again.” “I know it was wrong.” “I messed up, and I’ve learned my lesson.” “Please . . .” They plead. They beg. They petition. They dramatize, beseech, and implore with puppy-dog eyes. And it’s hard not to be sympathetic, especially […]

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Smart Classroom Management: The One Thing You Must Do To Avoid Stress And Improve Behavior

The One Thing You Must Do To Avoid Stress And Improve Behavior

Cultivating a calm disposition will make you a better teacher. It will also improve classroom management. Because students respect it. They’re drawn to it and admire it. Perhaps more than any other trait. It gives you a natural leadership presence and an effortless ability to build rapport. Because of its importance, I’ve written a lot […]

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