Assuming the Best

Smith, Rick; Lambert, Mary
September 2008
Educational Leadership;Sep2008, Vol. 66 Issue 1, p16
The article focuses on the importance of classroom management. It explains that teachers should assume the best about their students in order to promote good behavior, since all students are looking for safe and structured learning environments. The need for appropriate student-teacher communication is discussed and the best ways to handle tone of voice, posture, and voice volume are described. Having one-on-one conversations with difficult students is also described as an effective way to communicate. Other tips include breaking behavior and classroom procedures into steps and using rubrics to account for behavior.


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