Classroom Management Strategies

How To Improve Behavior By Doing This One Thing – Education Article

It’s a common frustration. You know you’re a good teacher. You’re calm and friendly toward your students. You prepare interesting lessons and never threaten or yell. And yet, you’re still struggling. Your students aren’t terrible, but they’re often rambunctious. They seem immature for their age and are much too dependent on you. Furthermore, you sense a level of friction between you. It’s subtle, but it’s there. You can feel it, especially when they complain or seem reluctant to look you…

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What It Really Means To Have High Expectations – Education Article

It’s thrown around a lot. “You must have high expectations.” “High expectations are the key!” “Keep your expectations through the roof.” But what does it really mean? It seems obvious, but the term has been repeated so often and for so long that its true meaning has been diluted. Or lost altogether. Most teachers have only the vaguest idea. “It just means asking more of your students, right?” “It means communicating what you want, but at a high level.” “It…

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A Big Reason Why You May Be Struggling With Classroom Management – Education Article

There is a common trait among teachers who struggle with classroom management. Not every struggling teacher has it. The vast majority, however, do. I’ve mentioned this trait before and its effect on giving consequences. But the problems actually go much deeper. So deep, in fact, that they can infect everything from motivation to listening to how well your students enjoy being in your classroom. In most areas of life, it can be a wonderful trait—something you’d want in a best…

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Why Allowing Your Students To Talk Can Be An Effective Classroom Management Strategy – Education Article

It’s common to assume that allowing students to talk to whomever they want about whatever they want is a bad thing. That it wastes time. That it gets them off track. That it riles them up and causes misbehavior. But when you decide when and how it’s done, it’s nothing of the sort. In fact, giving students a few minutes to stand, stretch their legs, and chat with a friend can be an effective classroom management strategy. Here’s why: It…

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How To Avoid Losing Your Students’ Attention – Education Article

There is a phenomenon I see again and again in the classrooms I visit. As attention starts to wane . . . Eyelids droop. Fingers tap. Bodies sigh. . . . the teacher will speed up their instruction. They’ll talk and move faster as if trying to finish before completely losing the class. But this is a big mistake—because it only makes things worse. Here’s why: It’s boring. The urge to rush and get done quickly will inevitably cause you…

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A Little-Known Secret To Effective Teaching – Education Article

There is a secret to effective teaching very few teachers are aware of. It’s so secret, in fact, that I’ve never heard anyone speak of it. As far as I know, it’s never been written about. It’s never been touted by instructional coaches or been the subject of professional development trainings. It’s as if it doesn’t exist. In fact, the most common advice is its polar opposite. I’ve mentioned it myself in a few previous articles. But only in passing.…

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How To Be More Charismatic – Education Article

There are teachers who seem blessed with natural charisma. The lucky ones. They with the easy charm. The effortlessness vibe. The secret something that causes students to want to please them and behave for them. Must be nice, huh? But the truth is, they’re not so different from you and me. They just embrace one simple thing. Before we get to what that one thing is, it’s important to mention that there are many strategies we’ve already covered here at…

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Should You Keep Misbehaving Students Out Of Fun Activities? – Education Article

Readers have asked this question again and again over the years. And I can certainly understand why. It’s a decision that can cause you to second guess yourself either way. Darned if you do and darned if you don’t. However, there is a third option. It’s an option that removes the guesswork and places the decision of whether or not you allow them to participate with the student. Removing you from the equation. Moreover, it can also result in improved…

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How To Handle Students Who Question Your Classroom Management – Education Article

“Why do we have to raise our hands?” “Why can’t we talk in the hallway?” “Why do we have to do it like that.” It can feel, depending on their tone of voice, disrespectful. It can feel as if they’re trying to put you on the spot. Or make you squirm. It can feel as if they’re challenging your very authority. So when a student questions the way you manage your classroom—most often in front of the class—it can be…

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How To Strengthen Your Students’ Focus And Improve Behavior – Education Article

In this age of distraction . . . Of smartphones and Instagram. Of texting and Snapchat. Of clickbait and information overload. . . . being able to focus on one thing for an extended period of time is a superpower. It gives you a distinct advantage regardless of your field of endeavor. For today’s students, and in the years to come, single-tasking will be an even greater commodity. This is one reason why lengthy independent practice is a core principle…

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