The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2014

20148aHere at Smart Classroom Management we’d like to say thank you.

We’d like to say thank you to you, our loyal readers.

It’s our passion to provide you with the simplest, most effective classroom management advice you can find anywhere.

But we could never do it without you.

We could never continue writing week after week without your generous sharing of our articles and willingness to recommend SCM to your friends, colleagues, and social media followers.

Your tweets, shares, pins, forwards, and personal referrals make a enormous impact and allow us to continue doing what we love.

For that, we are eternally grateful.

What follows in no particular order are the most popular articles of 2014. I hope they can provide inspiration, reflection, review, and maybe a resolution or two.

Cheers! And enjoy . . .

Why You Must Remind Students Of Their Purpose

How To Set The Tone On The First Day Of School

Why You Shouldn’t Respond When A Difficult Student Has A Good Day

Why You Don’t Have To Be Cool To Build Rapport

Why Caring Too Much Can Make You A Less Effective Teacher

Why Most Difficult Students Just Need Good Classroom Management

How To Teach Classroom Management On The First Day Of School

What Building Relationships With Students Really Means

How To Handle Students Who Will Ruin Your Day If You Hold Them Accountable

How To Develop Good Listening The First Month Of School

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Students Decide The Class Rules

How To Handle Disrespectful Students Who Don’t Know They’re Being Disrespectful

The 4 Cornerstones Of Smart Classroom Management

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We’ll be taking next week off to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, but will be back with a rockin’ new article January 3rd.

Have a safe and joyous holiday and a Happy New Year!


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8 Responses to The Best Of Smart Classroom Management 2014

  1. Greg Kalthof December 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    Hi Michael,
    I am a regular reader of the blog. I think it is the best and have recommended it to many colleagues. I have read and reread ” Dream Class” and gave that a 5 star review on Amazon as well. I teach a self- contained 4th Grade class. My question is, which of your other two books would you recommend next for me?

    • Michael Linsin December 23, 2014 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Greg,

      I would recommend The Classroom Management Secret. Although much of the book you can find in various places in the archive, it provides a comprehensive view of our philosophy as well as all the strategies you need to create a well-behaved classroom. For completely original material, the book for art, music, and PE specialists is a good way to go. It can be particularly helpful for classroom teachers who are struggling with whole-class misbehavior, gaining control, chaos, etc. as well as substitute teachers.

      I appreciate you being a regular reader, Greg. And thanks so much for the awesome Amazon review. It means a lot to me.


  2. Greg Kalthof December 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Thank you, Michael! I will be buying both. I keep a file with all your blogs that I like and these books will be a welcome edition.

    • Michael Linsin December 24, 2014 at 8:17 am #

      Sounds good, Greg! Be sure and email me if there are any particular topics you’d like me to cover in 2015.


  3. Lindsay December 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Hi Michael,

    What is your opinion on handling misbehavior when students are with another teacher? I am a first grade teacher and right before break my coworkers and I rotated classrooms to teach about the different winter holidays. One of the other teachers commented how the other classes were well behaved but my students were terribly behaved for her. With me, my students are well behaved but I was pretty embarrassed to hear they were behaving that way with another teacher. This also applies to when I pick my students up from special (phys ed, music, art, etc) and those teachers complain about their behavior during that time. How do I handle it when I wasn’t there to see it? Thanks in advance!

    • Michael Linsin December 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Lindsay,

      This is a topic on the list of future articles. I hope to get to it during the first half of 2015. Stay tuned!


  4. Karen Genereux February 10, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    Dear Mr. Linsin,

    I have been meaning to say thank you for writing and publishing your books. I read your first two books over the summer and it has made a world of difference in my teaching and classroom management. This is my 21st year teaching and I have never enjoyed it as much as I have this year. I plan on reading your books every summer, and keep working on something new each year. I have recommended your books to many teachers.

    Thank you so very much for making the time to write and publish your books.

    Many God continue to bless you!

    Karen Genereux 🙂

    • Michael Linsin February 11, 2015 at 7:15 am #

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for sharing your success with me! I’m so glad to hear how well you’re doing, and how the books have helped. Way to go!