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Smart Classroom Management: Why You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

Why You Should Pretend Your Most Difficult Students Are Perfectly Well Behaved

One of the biggest reasons difficult students misbehave is because they’re often treated with the expectation that they will. Teachers tend to hover near them. They’re frequently pulled aside for reminders, lectures, and pep-talks. They’re rewarded inexplicably, praised effusively, and spoken to differently than other students. These are common, often impulsive, reactions to those who […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Hold Difficult Students Accountable

How To Hold Difficult Students Accountable

Last week, a reader asked a question I’ve gotten a lot over the years. “How should I hold difficult students accountable?” It’s a topic I haven’t covered specifically because the answer is so simple and direct: Just like everyone else. You calmly approach the student. You deliver the news. “You have a warning for breaking […]

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How To Handle Students Who Push Your Buttons

How To Handle Students Who Push Your Buttons

Maybe it’s the way they interrupt you. Maybe it’s their disrespectful tone. Maybe it’s their silliness or side-talking or affinity for misbehaving at the worst possible time. Whatever it is, it bugs you. It gets under your skin. It prompts an internal dialogue you’re not very proud of. If you’re like most teachers, you tend […]

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Why You Should Never Give Options Instead Of Consequences

Why You Should Never Give Choices Instead Of Consequences

Here at Smart Classroom Management we hear from teachers and administrators from all four corners of the globe. And one of the more perplexing trends in classroom management is to give students choices instead of consequences. For example: Let’s say a student named Jason is up and walking about your room while the rest of […]

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Making Difficult Students Worse

Are You Making Your Most Difficult Students Worse?

Most teachers are hyperaware of their most difficult students—and well they should be. It’s smart to know where they are and what they’re doing. But this awareness can cause you to behave oddly around them. It can cause you to glare and glower in their direction. It can cause you to hover near the edges […]

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