Classroom Management Tips

19 Myths Of Managing Difficult Students – Education Article

There is a mountain of misinformation about how to manage difficult students. It’s on a never-ending loop. Cycling through every school. Wafting down every hallway. And passing from teacher to teacher. At best, it’s confusing, contradictory, and difficult to apply consistently. It also does little to actually change behavior. Because, you see, most advice on how to deal with difficult students fails to address the root cause. Instead, it’s a band-aid that may mollify behavior in the moment—which is why…

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Do Reminders Work? – Smart Classroom Management – Education Article

They’re sure used a lot. Visit just about any classroom and within minutes you’re likely to hear one. “Remember to walk.” “Hey, keep your hands to yourself.” “No talking while I’m talking.” But are reminders effective? Do they actually improve behavior? Well, like much of classroom management, it depends on how they’re used. When given in a certain way and at certain times, they can indeed be effective. Unfortunately, it’s rare to hear them given in a way that improves…

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When You Need To Be A Mean Teacher – Education Article

The questions usually come via email. But I also get them face to face when doing personal coaching. They’re often asked with a hint of incredulity, as if what I write isn’t necessarily how I feel behind closed doors. “Aren’t there some moments that call for lectures, admonishments, and the like?” “Isn’t raising your voice and showing some anger at times the best thing you can do?” “Don’t teachers have to show they mean business at least some of the…

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The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2018 – Education Article

As the bustle of shopping and holiday parties begins to ebb, and we inch closer to the true reason for the season, I find myself reflecting on all that I’m thankful for. Family is first and always, but right near the top of the list is YOU. Without your loyal readership and willingness to share SCM with your friends and colleagues, I wouldn’t have the privilege of serving this incredible community of teachers. From the bottom of my heart, “Thank…

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