Classroom Management Tips

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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