Do You Have To Lie To Be A Good Teacher?

Smart Classroom Management: Do You Have To Lie To Be A Good Teacher?

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

7 Reasons Your Students Dislike You

Smart Classroom Management: 7 Reasons Your Students Dislike You

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

6 Signs Your Students Like You

Smart Classroom Management: 6 Signs Your Students Like You

Likability is a common trait among the happiest, most effective teachers. The reason is simple: When your students like you, everything is easier—especially classroom management. We’ve covered why this is so, as well as how to become more likable, in previous articles. Today, however, we’re going to talk about how you know if it’s really … Read more

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