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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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Smart Classroom Management: How To Speak So Students Listen

How To Speak So Students Listen

It’s common for teachers to bemoan the state of listening in their classroom. “Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself.” “I say it over and over again, and they still don’t get it.” “It’s almost as if they’ve completely tuned me out.” But rarely will they point to themselves as the reason. Rarely will […]

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8 Things Teachers Do To Cause Boredom

When students get bored their minds drift. And while some settle on daydreaming, tile-counting, and general inattentiveness, other students are drawn to more…ahem…destructive pursuits. For where there is boredom, there is misbehavior percolating just under the surface, ready to pounce. Although there is a lot you can do to counter the onset of boredom, understanding […]

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