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Smart Classroom Management: How To Start Over In Three Steps

How To Start Over In Three Steps

At this time of year, I often hear from teachers wondering if they should, or even can, start over again. Either they’ve been inconsistent. Or they didn’t teach their classroom management plan thoroughly enough the first time. Or they didn’t have much of a plan to begin with. Whatever the case, they’re just barely hanging […]

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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: How To Stay The Course With A Tough Class

How To Stay The Course With A Tough Class

The tougher the class, the easier it is to be inconsistent. The easier it is to give in and lose control. Which is why when you have a challenging group of students you must be mentally tough. You must be, as Winston Churchill once said, “a peg, hammered into the frozen ground, immovable.” But how? […]

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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 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: Why Students Tattle And How To End It

Why Students Tattle And How To End It

Tattling is annoying. It’s disruptive. It’s petty. It wastes time and gets on your nerves. We think of it as something students do to gain attention or get others in trouble. So we wave them off. We send them back to their seat. We tell them to worry about themselves and to mind their own […]

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