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Smart Classroom Management: When You Shouldn't Enforce A Consequence

When You Shouldn’t Enforce A Consequence

One of the core tenets of SCM is to hold your students accountable for every rule violation. You do what you say you’re going to do. You follow through on your promises. Student breaks a rule and you enforce a consequence. It’s as simple as that. Done in a certain way—as we recommend here on […]

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Smart Classroom Management: The Biggest Reason You Struggle With Consistency

The Biggest Reason You Struggle With Consistency

There are a number of reasons why you may not be as consistent as you’d like. It could be that you’ve gotten into the bad habit of trying to convince students to behave rather than relying on your classroom management plan. It could be that you’re not 100% sure what does and doesn’t constitute breaking […]

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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: How To Handle Students Who Misbehave Behind Your Back

How To Handle Students Who Misbehave Behind Your Back

It can be especially frustrating. You’re working with a group or helping an individual student. Perhaps you’re walking the perimeter of your classroom, observing and looking over shoulders. Then you hear a burst of chatter and giggling just out of your view. You look up or turn, but nothing seems amiss. At least, nothing blatant. […]

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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: 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: liHow To Get Your Students To Like Your Class Rules

How To Get Your Students To Like Your Class Rules

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of explaining ‘why’ when presenting your classroom management plan. Studies have shown that people are more likely to do what you ask if you give them a reason. Even if that reason isn’t terribly compelling. Just using the word “because” will make your rules more meaningful. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Encourage Your Students To Follow Rules

How To Encourage Your Students To Follow Rules

Here at SCM, we talk a lot about the importance of creating a classroom students look forward to. It’s one of our core principles. Because, when your students enjoy being a member of your class, they’re naturally inclined to follow rules. They want to follow them because the learning experience you provide is so much […]

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