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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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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle A Student Who Won't Take Responsibility

How To Handle A Student Who Won’t Take Responsibility

The title of this article comes straight from a reader’s question. It assumes that taking responsibility is something that you, the teacher, must secure from the misbehaving student. It assumes that it’s something the student must verbalize to you. It isn’t. In fact, if you try to draw it out of them—by way of questioning, […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Question Your Methods

How To Handle Students Who Question Your Methods

“Why do we have to raise our hand?” “Why can’t we talk while we’re working?” “Why do we have to walk in line?” The questions may be different, but they’re all meant to challenge your methods. They’re meant to challenge your decisions, your motives, and in some cases, even your authority. They’re often asked with […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Ambiguity Is The Enemy Of Effective Classroom Management

Why Ambiguity Is The Enemy Of Effective Classroom Management

While coaching teachers this time of year, I find myself repeating the same phrase again and again: “You’re going to lay everything out for your students ahead of time.” What I mean by this is that the teacher is going to remove all uncertainty over what does and doesn’t constitute breaking rules. They’re going to […]

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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: 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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