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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 Be A Better, Happier Teacher Next School Year

How To Be A Better, Happier Teacher Next School Year

Before rushing headlong into summer, it’s instructive to take a look back. To reflect on what went well during the past school year and what didn’t. Because, unless you know where you need to improve, you’re destined to experience the same frustrations year after year. So I created a survey based on the core principles […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How A Simple List Can Improve Behavior

How A Simple List Can Improve Behavior

This week I’d like to share with you a very simple strategy. It’s something you can do every day. It takes less than a minute. But it can improve any area of classroom management your students are struggling with. On the surface, the strategy appears almost too simple. But it works exceptionally well. It has […]

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Smart Classroom Management: Why Gentleness Is A Strong Classroom Management Strategy

Why Gentleness Is A Strong Classroom Management Strategy

There is a common misconception that you must have a big presence to be an effective leader. You must psych yourself up, throw your shoulders back, and move boldly among your students. Your voice must boom. Your walk must swagger. Your eyes must squint and narrow in on your charges. And while classroom presence is […]

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How To Handle Sloppy Routines

How To Handle Sloppy Routines As The School Year Winds Down

At this time of year it isn’t unusual for routines to become sloppy. Your students, after all, are growing tired of the grind. The pressures of testing weigh heavily. Morning songbirds remind them that summer is near. Despite faithfully following the do-it-again strategy, your students just aren’t as sharp as they once were. They take […]

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What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

What Effective Classroom Management Really Means

For many teachers, effective classroom management brings to mind an image of a silent, somber environment. They hear the term and think . . . restricting, confining, constraining. They think it means to be a rigid disciplinarian who forces students to behave against their will. So when an administrator makes a remark about the behavior […]

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