The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2012

Happy New Year! And thanks for being a regular reader of Smart Classroom Management!

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for your continued support of SCM. Your generosity in sharing your favorite articles with your friends and followers keeps us vibrant and growing and evermore committed to bringing you the most effective classroom management tips, strategies, and solutions.

We have a lot planned for 2013. Your most requested topics are at the top of the list, as are some of my own personal favorites. We’ll also be revisiting some important core principles of classroom management—those that inform your every decision.

We have a new book coming out in late spring (finally!), our first in four years. The book is in response to an overwhelming need to organize the most important strategies from the website into a single easy-to-use guide. In other words, it will put everything you need at your fingertips.

Below are the most popular Smart Classroom Management articles of 2012. They’re based on your enthusiasm via Twitter, Facebook, emails, and comments and are in no particular order.

Drum roll please . . .

6 Powerful, Soul Searching Things To Say To Difficult Students

8 Things Teachers Do To Cause Boredom

5 Ways To Be A Calmer, More Effective Teacher

Why Micromanagers Make Bad Teachers

Why You Should Respond Slowly To Misbehavior

7 Keys To The First Day Of School

Handling Difficult Students The First Week Of School

A Simple Way To Build Rapport With Difficult Students

Why Reminders Make Classroom Management More Difficult

Why A Simple Pause Is A Powerful Classroom Management Strategy

A Simple Way To Improve Listening

Why You Shouldn’t Ask Misbehaving Students To Explain Themselves

There you have it. The best of Smart Classroom Management 2012.

Thanks for being part of it.

Have a Happy New Year!


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6 Responses to The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2012

  1. Sharon December 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Thanks for another year of great advice, and practical suggestions that work in the real world classroom. I share your articles with coworkers and use your suggestions regularly.

    • Michael Linsin December 30, 2012 at 8:40 am #

      Thank you Sharon!


  2. Janet Abercrombie December 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Love your stuff. I find myself regularly referring people to your site.

    Thanks for reminding us of the importance of relationships with students combined with high expectations for behaviour and learning.

    • Michael Linsin December 30, 2012 at 8:40 am #

      Thanks Janet!


  3. Marie December 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Do you have any specific suggestions for difficult behaviors in a Kindergarten classroom. For the very young child, are there some different strategies? I have appreciated so many of the suggestions.

    • Michael Linsin December 31, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Marie,

      Although some of the strategies may need tweaking for kindergarten, most of the changes are small and obvious. If there is a particular strategy you have questions about, email me. I’m happy to help!