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I may disappoint some people with what I’m about to write. But first let me back up a bit. For the past several years, managing students with ADHD has been near the top of the list of SCM reader requests. And it’s something I’ve been looking forward to writing about. I have what I believe […]

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Bringing more humor to your classroom can have a strong impact on classroom management. Because it makes building rapport and influence easier. It improves listening and the desire to pay attention. It draws students to you, makes you more likable, and helps create an environment they enjoy being part of. —Which is the secret to […]

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There is a strategy that builds strong, behavior-influencing rapport with virtually any student. Guarded, angry, painfully shy, behaviorally difficult . . . It works with even the most challenging students. It doesn’t take much time or forethought to put into practice. But it can melt away fear, frustration, isolation, opposition, and even silliness. And get […]

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So I ran this experiment. And enough time has passed that I can now share it with you. Here’s what happened: I was halfway through the semester with a class I really enjoyed. I had prepared them well to start the year by employing the same strategies I teach here at SCM. And it showed. […]

The post I Stopped Holding My Students Accountable And Here Is What Happened appeared first on Smart Classroom Management.

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Teachers who struggle with classroom management—and teaching in general—tend to be overly invested in the job. They view the profession as who they are rather than what they do. They live and die with every success or failure. They’ve bought into the lie—hook, line, and sinker—that good teachers give more, do more, help more, and […]

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This past week, I watched the first episode of A&E’s Undercover High. To the uninitiated, the show follows seven young adults who go undercover in an American high school. One of the things that struck me, among many, was the ubiquity of cell phone use in class. Cameras showed teachers trying to give instruction while […]

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There is a secret a small cadre of teachers share that can drastically improve your class. It works in all situations and grade levels. It’s simple and straightforward. It causes a giant leap in progress—from behavior and listening to work habits and attentiveness. It’s an approach, or rule of thumb, you can abide by and […]

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Here at SCM, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of maintaining a calm disposition. It is, without a doubt, the most effective way to keep misbehavior-causing excitability out of your classroom. But it’s also caused some confusion among SCM readers. You see, staying calm doesn’t mean you must button up your personality. It doesn’t […]

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Here at Smart Classroom Management, we’d like to express our deepest appreciation to you, our loyal readers. Your support means everything to us. Your willingness to share SCM with friends, colleagues, and followers allow us to continue doing what we love week after week and year after year. For that, we are eternally grateful. From […]

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Your smile and consistency. Your pleasantness and good humor. Your kindness, honesty, and simplicity of message. Day in and day out, they let your students know how much you care. It’s something they can see and feel as plain as day. Which in turn builds trust and rapport, drawing them inexorably into your circle of […]

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