Classroom Management Tips

The Worst Of Smart Classroom Management – Education Article

For the past several weeks, and as part of a new book I’m working on, I’ve been reading through the entire SCM archive of 560 articles. And I noticed something unusual. Every year or two there is an article that bombs. And not just a little, but spectacularly. As in a Charlie Brown whiff or the French at Agincourt. While even the least popular articles get shared via social media a couple hundred times or so, a few get a…

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A Powerful Way To Relieve Stress: Part One – Education Article

This is the first in a series of articles on how to relieve stress. I don’t mean relieving stress in a general lifestyle sense. But rather in an “I’m going to run screaming from this house if things don’t change” sense. My goal isn’t to offer you a few ideas that may or may not be helpful. It isn’t to give you tips like eat more walnuts or stay off social media. It isn’t to encourage you to read more…

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How To Make Teaching (And Learning) Online Easier And Less Stressful – Education Article

The pressure of teaching online can be overwhelming and even more stressful than being in the classroom. There is so much to learn. So much to research and figure out. So many decisions to make. And not a lot of time to do it. So what follows are eight strategies to help you become comfortable teaching (and learning) online quickly and start enjoying the process rather than dreading it. 1. Don’t fight it. If you’re carrying any resentment over being…

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How To Get Your Students To Show Up For Online Learning – Education Article

Forgive me if I ramble or am way off base with my article today. I’m learning just like you. But I do have some thoughts. This past week I received dozens of requests for this topic. Many from stressed-out and desperate-for-answers teachers, which I feel awful about. Shame on school districts and administrators that enabled this to happen. Shame on them for rolling out programs and floating ideas that haven’t been tested. Shame on them for dumping hour upon hour…

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How Your Hobbies Can Make You A Better Teacher – Education Article

In David Epstein’s recent book Range, he makes the case that most breakthroughs in science, art, technology, medicine, music, and sports come from those with a wide range of interests and abilities. For example, Nobel laureates in science are 22 times more likely than their peers to have hobbies outside of their field. The ability to draw on knowledge gleaned from dabbling in several areas—regardless of what they are—arms you with broad, integrative skills that can give you a distinct…

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How Social Media Can Make You Feel Like The Worst Teacher – Education Article

When I was a new teacher, I got wind of a “stellar” teacher who taught at a nearby school. He and I were at the same grade level, so one afternoon I swung by to check out his classroom. His room was immaculate and the most kid-friendly learning environment I’ve ever seen. It was bright and colorful, with interactive learning centers, math labs, and science experiments set up around the perimeter. There was a solar system suspended from the ceiling…

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A Simple Exercise Program For Teachers – Education Article

We’re all aware of the many health benefits of exercise, which include improvements in: cardiovascular fitness. blood pressure. muscular strength. weight management. bone density. blood sugar and insulin levels. mental health. sleep quality. physical appearance. biological age. But exercise can also make you a better teacher by improving your cognitive ability, energy level, and the amount of stress you experience. It gives you greater confidence and comfort in your own skin, which translates to your ability to build behavior-changing rapport…

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The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2019 – Education Article

On behalf of the team here at SCM, “Thank you!” We’re so appreciative of YOU, our loyal readers, and your generous sharing of our articles with your colleagues, friends, and followers. It’s the most important thing that allows us to continue our passion for helping teachers create the peaceful, well-behaved class they deserve. For this, and your many kind emails and comments, we are immensely grateful. What follows are the very best articles of 2019. They’re based on the number…

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The Trait Every Great Teacher Shares – Education Article

There is a trait great teachers share. It isn’t something you can see, not at first glance anyway. But every student can sense it. They can feel it viscerally while in their teacher’s presence. It’s something lasting, highly influential, and part of who the teacher is. It’s woven into their manner and demeanor. It’s integral to everything that they say and do and stays with them wherever they go. More importantly, it makes managing behavior far easier for them than…

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The Sham Of High Expectations – Education Article

Every school talks about high expectations. Only a small few actually live it. The truth is, for the most part, it’s a sham. Expectations for student behavior in this day and age are knee-high to a five year old. And getting lower by the year. The trend is being driven by an educational culture that no longer feels comfortable with consequences. But seems obsessed with making students feel good at any cost—including their very future. Timeout is becoming a bad…

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How To Respond After Losing Your Cool – Education Article

You lost your cool and barked at your class—or at a certain student. You had a weak moment and took matters into your own hands instead of following your classroom management plan. And now you’re beating yourself up for it. You’re convinced that you’ve ruined everything, that you’ve undone all the influence, trust, and goodwill you’ve built up since the start of the year. That your students will never look at you the same way again. It’s a terrible feeling.…

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6 Misconceptions Of Smart Classroom Management – Education Article

With over 500 articles, five books, and three e-guides, it’s no wonder there are misconceptions about SCM. Some of which paint us in a negative light. It comes with the territory. However, I think it’s important to set the record straight. So what follows are six common untruths, inaccuracies, and falsehoods about Smart Classroom Management. 1. It’s written by a former teacher. Nope. I still teach at a public school and enjoy it as much now as ever before. Although…

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The Unspoken Key To Consistency – Education Article

“Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” -Rosa Parks Consistency is everything to your success. Because, if you’re wishy-washy, if you let things go and fail to follow through on your promises— Then your students won’t trust you. They won’t listen to you. They won’t respect you. They’ll talk while you talk and misbehave behind your back. Just the way it is. Which is why here at SCM we place so much emphasis on being consistent. Not just…

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Three Categories Of Teachers – Smart Classroom Management – Education Article

I may ruffle some feathers with this week’s article. But it’s a critical topic, and thus worth taking the heat. Last week, I detailed how to not quit teaching. If you haven’t yet read the article, I recommend doing so before continuing. In that article, I mentioned the importance of becoming an expert in classroom management. Given the comments both here on the site and via email, however, I don’t think I emphasized it enough. The truth is, it’s everything…

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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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