19 Myths Of Managing Difficult Students

Smart Classroom Management: 19 Myths Of Managing Difficult Students

There is a mountain of misinformation about how to manage difficult students. It’s on a never-ending loop. Cycling through every school. Wafting down every hallway. And passing from teacher to teacher. At best, it’s confusing, contradictory, and difficult to apply consistently. It also does little to actually change behavior. Because, you see, most advice on … Read more

When You Need To Be A Mean Teacher

Smart Classroom Management: When You Need To Be A Mean Teacher

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 … Read more

Why Picking Your Battles Is Bad Advice

Smart Classroom Management: Why Picking Your Battles Is Bad Advice

When it comes to classroom management, you’ve got to pick your battles. So the advice goes. The idea behind the common saying that you can’t have what you really want. You can’t have a consistently peaceful room environment. You can’t have impeccable student behavior. You can’t have politeness, cooperation, and silent independent work. That would … Read more

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