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Last week, I shared a way to make sure your class rules cover every possible misbehavior. But if you did the exercise, you may have noticed something strange. Something you weren’t sure what to do with. Something leftover. You see, the exercise was designed to reveal not only weaknesses in your classroom management plan, but ... Read more

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The purpose of class rules is to protect every student’s right to learn and enjoy school. It’s to form an impenetrable boundary that keeps misbehavior out and the freedom to teach in. Do your rules do that? Do they account for every possible disruption? Because if they don’t, if there are openings in your hedgerow, ... Read more

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I do a lot of personal coaching with teachers this time of year. And there is one thing I’ve been doing lately that my clients have found especially helpful. So I thought I’d share it with you. It’s a self-inventory (of sorts) based on the previous school year, and it starts with a single question. ... Read more

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Recently, I had an unnerving conversation with a student after class. Here’s how it went: Student: “Mr. Linsin, did I earn full credit today?” Me: “Yep, 100%.” Student: “Are you lying?” Me: “Of course not. I would never lie to you.” Student: “Whew, okay.” Me: “Why would you ask such a thing?” Student: “Because all ... Read more

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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. ... Read more

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Likability is a key principle of SCM—because it makes building rapport effortless. It causes students to want to listen to you, please you, and behave for you. It helps make your consequences matter. Being disliked, on the other hand, makes classroom management far more difficult. It’s the reason many teachers struggle year after year, why ... Read more

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No, it’s not when your class has gone off the rails. It’s not after a chaotic lesson. And it’s not when your teacherly sense tells you you should. —Although these are all indeed good reasons to review your plan. No, the best time to review your classroom management plan is . . . When everything ... Read more

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Unwanted talking is near the top of the list of teacher frustrations. Although not considered severe misbehavior, it can nonetheless severely disrupt learning. It can hijack listening, shatter concentration, and cause other students to join in as well. It’s a thorny issue—because it’s hard to know why it’s happening, what you’re doing wrong, and why ... Read more

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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 ... Read more

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Four of every ten new teachers leave the profession within five years. That is a staggering number. It’s made all the more alarming given that teacher shortages in the US are expected to exceed 300,000 by 2020. Although low starting pay, large class sizes, and lack of autonomy are certainly factors . . . Most ... Read more

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