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 To Put An End To Roughhousing

How To Put An End To Roughhousing

Roughhousing can be a tricky area of classroom management. Although nearly every teacher has a rule forbidding it, it can be difficult to get rid of. Especially once it gets a toehold in your classroom. Enforcement and consistency are key, of course. But because the behavior is so impulsive, some students seem unable to control […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Get Your Class Back On Track Fast

How To Get Your Class Back On Track Fast

Recently, I got a new group of students for a high school class I was teaching. Then a few days later, I came down with the flu. It was awful. It took me three weeks to shake and I missed more than a week of school. When I returned, it was as if my new […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Handle Students Who Give You Attitude

How To Handle Students Who Give You Attitude

Eye rolls, deep sighs, melodramatic body language . . . They’re responses to teacher requests or reminders (i.e. “Please put your backpack away.”) that aren’t quite disrespectful. But darn close. Sometimes they’re accompanied by a sarcastic “Sorry!” or “Oh my gosh!” They’re delivered indirectly and out of frustration and are usually not malicious. They do, […]

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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 Get Difficult Students To Listen To You

How To Get Difficult Students To Listen To You

You offer encouragement. You give reminders. You supply wisdom and inspiration you hope will make an impact. But your words fall on deaf ears. Nothing you say to your most challenging students seems to make a difference. They continue to misbehave, ignore your advice, and disappoint you day after day. What you need is a […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Students Don't Participate In Discussions And What To Do About It

Why Students Don’t Participate In Discussions And What To Do About It

Make no mistake. Participating in class discussions is important, for all students. It’s important for their academic development. It’s important for their communication skills. It’s important for their confidence and enjoyment of school. But it’s also one of the most misunderstood areas of teaching. Conventional wisdom says that you should confront students directly about their […]

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