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Smart Classroom Management: How To Respond After An Apathetic, Inattentive Lesson

How To Respond After An Apathetic, Inattentive Lesson

It’s demoralizing. You plan a great lesson. You give it your enthusiastic best. But your students don’t respond well. At all. They’re distracted and sleepy. They’re bored and slouched in their seats. They’re uninspired and blase’ about what you have to teach them. When you finally send them off for independent or group work, they […]

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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 Failure Can Be Good For Your Students

How Failure Can Be Good For Your Students

I’ve failed a lot in my life. And I’m thankful for it every day. Because hidden within every failure is a blessing. Failure teaches us more than our successes. It reveals our mistakes and areas needing improvement. It uncovers our carelessness and unpreparedness. It exposes our hubris and causes us to take a long look […]

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Smart Classroom Management: The Key To Motivating Students

The Key To Motivating Students

It’s important that your students know you care about them. It’s important that they know you’re there for them. It’s important that they know you only want what is best for them. This is no small thing. The teacher whose students believe this about them is far more effective than the scores of teachers whose […]

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Are You Humiliating Students Without Even Knowing It?

Are You Humiliating Students Without Even Knowing it?

“Why on earth would you want to do that?” “What? That doesn’t make any sense.” “Where in the world did you get that idea?” They are comments that roll off the tongue without second thought. They’re a gut reaction to a private question or idea from a student that we can’t wrap our head around. […]

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