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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: 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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Smart Classroom Management: A simple Way To Keep Track Of Consequences

A Simple Way To Keep Track Of Consequences

First off, I don’t think it’s terribly important how you keep track of consequences. It’s just important that you do. You never want to be caught flatfooted if a parent asks why their child was in time-out last Tuesday. You also want to be ready if an administrator or counselor inquires about a student’s behavior. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: An Easy Way To Keep Your Cool When Students Misbehave

An Easy Way To Keep Your Cool When Students Misbehave

Here at SCM, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of keeping your cool when enforcing consequences. We’ve covered how it helps ensure that the offending student takes responsibility for their actions. We’ve covered how it causes them to reflect on their mistakes. We’ve covered how it maintains, and even strengthens, your relationships with all […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Do You Ever Feel Coldhearted Enforcing Consequences?

Do You Ever Feel Coldhearted Enforcing Consequences?

The student looks up at you with pleading eyes. They’re distressed. They’re remorseful. They’re in anguish over the mistake they made. “Please . . . I’m so sorry. I promise I’ll never do it again.” Indeed, they appear for all the world to be contrite. You pause. You sigh. Every bone in your body is […]

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