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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 Teach At A Rewards-Focused School

How To Teach At A Rewards-Focused School

If you’re a regular reader of SCM, then you know how I feel about rewarding students in exchange for good (i.e. expected) behavior. A do-this-and-get-that approach to classroom management is damaging to kids. It snuffs out intrinsic motivation and turns the student-teacher relationship into a cold-hearted transaction. It also makes managing your classroom far more […]

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How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

How To Motivate Unmotivated Students

You praise. You encourage. You pep-talk, demand, and implore. But nothing seems to change. Trying and failing to motivate unmotivated students is a common frustration among teachers. It’s a frustration with seemingly no real answers beyond the same old, same old. Until today. Because I’m going to share with you a reliable way to begin […]

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Encouraging Students

Are You Encouraging Your Students Too Much?

Encouraging students is in our DNA. It’s part and parcel to our educational culture. It’s what we do. We teach a lesson and then we encourage. “You can do it.” “Just keep working and you’ll get it.” “I believe in you.” And in the right moments, with just the right touch, encouragement can indeed be […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 8 Ways To Fuel Your Students' Intrinsic Motivation

8 Ways To Fuel Your Students’ Intrinsic Motivation

Most students are praised too much. They’re praised too often, too public, and too over-the-top. They’re praised for things any reasonable person would conclude are simply not worthy of it. And as the bar of excellence drops lower and lower, it squeezes the work ethic right out of our students. Sure, they smile and blush […]

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