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Smart Classroom Management: Why Your Students Need To Play

Why Your Students Need To Play

First-time visitors to SCM are often drawn to articles that deal with boundaries. They want to know how to set limits and hold students accountable. They’re looking for rules and consequences, borders and constraints. They want to gain control and begin reining in an unruly class. We’re happy to cover these topics. They’re important, to […]

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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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