Should You Write Names On The Board To Keep Track Of Consequences? – Education Article

It’s a common practice. One teachers have been doing since time immemorial. A student breaks a class rule and you write their name on the board. Check marks follow any further transgression. It’s a simple way of keeping track of consequences that also acts as a visual reminder to students. So what, if anything, isn’t to like? Well, a lot. In fact, here at SCM we recommend you suspend the practice. Here’s why: 1. It’s humiliating. Having your name written…

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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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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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