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The Best Articles on Classroom Management

By Dave Stuart Jr.

Last time, I wrote on the CARE framework for classroom management, a set of underlying principles for thinking about how we build legendary learning experiences for our kids. Today, I want to try sharing with you the critical learning experience that took me from yearly reinvention of my classroom management approach to an approach that has remained to this day.

Let's set the scene: It was the end of the school year, and I was sitting there in my classroom contemplating a troubling realization: the students I had loved so much at the start of the year were the kids who were driving me insane on a daily basis here at the end of the year. I knew that, logically, this couldn't be their fault; it couldn't be that I was somehow experiencing the simultaneous transformation of great young people into annoying ones. This led me to two burning questions:

  1. How did I create conditions that allowed for once-great students to become so much less, at least in my classroom?
  2. How could I keep this from ever happening again?

And that's when I Googled “classroom management” and came across the blog of teacher Michael Linsin. I immediately dove into reading his website, reading one article, clicking to another one, devouring the reader comments all along the way (Michael consistently answers these). After about two hours of this ravenous behavior, I had a pretty good grasp of how Linsin thinks about classroom management, and I also had some very practical changes that I would need to make if I was going to give it a try.

I did end up trying Linsin's approach that next fall, and my classes have been much, much better since. One reason I enjoy end-of-the-year pop-up toasts so much is that, thanks to the changes Linsin's work helped me make, I actually like all of my kids at the end of the year.

So without further ado, I'd like to share with you what I feel are the right articles for understanding Michael Linsin's approach to classroom management; I want to make it as easy as possible for you to spend two hours reading and internalizing the way he thinks things through.

Note: Linsin teaches upper elementary students, but in the comments section of his posts he fields questions from all kinds of teachers at all kinds of grade levels.

On the foundational ideas of Linsin's work:

On the key concept of Linsin's strategy, the classroom management plan:

On the first consequence of Linsin's plan:

On the second consequence of Linsin's plan (which I don't call “time-out” in my ninth grade classroom; I simply tell students that they are being relocated):

On the third consequence of Linsin's plan:

On the first days and weeks of school:

On the CARE framework for understanding classroom management: (See this post for what I mean by the CARE framework.)

On Consistency:

On Awesomeness:

On Relationships:

On managing your temper and stress:

On difficult students:

On situations with parents:

On difficult situations:

Thank you to Michael Linsin for creating such a comprehensive body of work over the years.

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