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Smart Classroom Management: Why Staying Late After School Is A Mistake

Why Staying Late After School Is A Mistake

For a small minority of teachers, staying late after school is a symbol of their dedication. It makes them feel as if they’re doing everything they can for their students. It gives them a sense of pride. They like having their car the last one on the parking lot—and the reputation that comes with it. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Change A Student's Life

How To Change A Student’s Life

One of the benefits of the SCM approach is that you’ll really get to know your students. You’ll have the freedom to observe them without distractions and interruptions. You’ll have the time to listen to them and learn of their hopes and dreams. You’ll have the trust and likability that breaks down walls and frees […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How Failure Can Be Good For Your Students

How Failure Can Be Good For Your Students

I’ve failed a lot in my life. And I’m thankful for it every day. Because hidden within every failure is a blessing. Failure teaches us more than our successes. It reveals our mistakes and areas needing improvement. It uncovers our carelessness and unpreparedness. It exposes our hubris and causes us to take a long look […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Improve Classroom Management Every Day

How To Improve Classroom Management Every Day

One of the secrets to exceptional classroom management is to aim for the stars. It’s to accept nothing less than what you want for your classroom, your students, and your career. It doesn’t matter where you teach. It doesn’t matter who is on your roster. It doesn’t matter if chaos and disorder reign supreme in […]

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Smart Classroom Management: The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2016

The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2016

Here at SCM, we’d like to say “Thank you!” Because of your loyal readership, we’re able to continue our passion for helping teachers improve their classroom management. We’re humbled by the success of the website and are more dedicated than ever to provide you with the most effective tips, strategies, and solutions you can find […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Be The Teacher Your Students Need

How To Be The Teacher Your Students Need

Recently, a teacher asked me to observe her in action. It didn’t go well. Her classroom was chaotic. Her students played and goofed off. They yelled and roughhoused. They wrestled, guffawed, and used language that would make a sailor blush. They dismissed her and her instruction and did, for the most part, whatever they wanted. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Conquer Fear And Change Your Teaching Life Forever

How To Conquer Fear And Change Your Teaching Life Forever

The Smart Classroom Management approach works. It works for elementary school teachers. It works for middle and high school teachers. It works for new teachers and veterans alike. It works regardless of where you teach, who your students are, or whether or not you have the most challenging class in the school. We’ve heard from […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Gain Control Of An Out-Of-Control Class

How To Gain Control Of An Out-Of-Control Class

In the past, I’ve written about the importance of starting over from scratch when you feel yourself losing control of your class. But what if you can’t even get your students’ attention? What if they act as if you don’t exist? What if you stop your lesson to wait . . . And they don’t […]

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