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Smart Classroom Management: How To Avoid A Big, Ugly Bad Day

How To Avoid A Big, Ugly Bad Day

It happens for no apparent reason. You’re cruising along. Your students are attentive and respectful. They’re listening and getting their work done. Behavior is good. But then, out of nowhere, you notice a slight fraying at the seams. They enter the classroom with a hint of carelessness. They seem less motivated to follow your directions. […]

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How To Handle Sloppy Routines

How To Handle Sloppy Routines As The School Year Winds Down

At this time of year it isn’t unusual for routines to become sloppy. Your students, after all, are growing tired of the grind. The pressures of testing weigh heavily. Morning songbirds remind them that summer is near. Despite faithfully following the do-it-again strategy, your students just aren’t as sharp as they once were. They take […]

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Should Students Raise Their Hand In Small Groups?

Should Students Raise Their Hand In Small Groups?

Requiring students to raise their hand before speaking is good classroom management practice. You can’t very well control the flow of learning and discussion while being interrupted every few minutes. Inspiration will sag. Trains of thought will vanish. Boredom and inattentiveness will pervade your classroom like a Golden Gate fog. It’s also impolite to call […]

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The Secret To Perfect Transitions

The Secret To Perfect Transitions In 5 Simple Steps

Transitions are among the most perilous times of the day. The frenetic movement, the close interaction, the loud voices and sense of freedom . . . All conspire to increase the likelihood of misbehavior. Transitions can also waste precious learning time, bring tension and excitability to the classroom, and make it difficult to settle students […]

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How To Get Your Students To Do Their Homework

Homework can be particularly frustrating because it takes place outside of your presence. Once you send your students off for the day, they’re on their own—with only the faintest echo of your voice imploring them to get it done. Furthermore, they may have soccer practice, music lessons, family responsibilities, and other obstacles standing between them […]

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How To Use Music To Make Routines More Fun And Effective

Routines are the lifeblood of a well-run classroom. But it’s important they’re viewed in a positive light. Because if you cue the start of a routine and your students sigh and roll their eyes, or grudgingly go through the motions, then misbehavior will surely follow. No, your students don’t have to love routines, but there […]

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