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Smart Classroom Management: A Mysterious But Powerful Way To Improve Listening

A Mysterious But Powerful Way To Improve Listening

We’ve covered the topic of speaking so students will listen extensively here at SCM. We’ve talked about the importance of not repeating yourself. We’ve talked about volume and pacing. We’ve talked about timing, pausing, brevity, clarity, and eye contact. But what we have yet to cover is perhaps the single most important key to improving […]

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Smart Classroom Management: When And Why It's Okay For Students To Talk

When And Why It’s Okay For Students To Talk

There is a common misconception that effective classroom management means silence. It means rigidness and tight restriction. It means backs straight and eyes forward. Hour after hour. And while there are teachers who try to run their classroom this way, or think they should, here at SCM we think it’s a terrible idea. Because it […]

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Smart Classroom Management: How To Improve Listening With Strategic Pausing

How To Improve Listening With Strategic Pausing

Do you ever get the feeling your students aren’t hearing a word you say? They may be quiet. They may be looking at you. But you know they’re not actually listening. Maybe it’s the blank expressions. Maybe it’s the sighs and yawns. Maybe it’s the agonizing boredom etched on their faces. But you just know. […]

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Smart Classroom Management: A Simple Wat To Teach Compelling Lessons

A Simple Way To Teach Compelling Lessons

Here at SCM, we receive a lot of questions about how to teach lessons that capture student interest. And for good reason. The ability to get your students to want to listen and pay attention plays a critical role in curbing misbehavior. It also profoundly affects their enjoyment of the class and the quality of […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 4 More Words That Improve Listening

4 More Words That Improve Listening

Last week’s article was about how just three words can improve listening. The phrase “in a moment” keeps students from moving on while you’re giving directions. It keeps them rooted in the present and tuned in until the end. This week, we’re going to build on the same strategy. We’re going to add four more […]

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Smart Classroom Management: 3 Simple Words That Improve Listening

3 Simple Words That Improve Listening

It’s most noticeable when giving directions. And it’s so, so frustrating. You can actually see it happening right in front of you. As soon as your students think they understand what you’re asking of them, they mentally check out. They stop listening. They turn to their tablemates. They fumble with materials. They begin moving toward […]

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