How to create a personalized classroom management plan that will transform your art room. Art Made easy interview with Michael Linsin

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How to create a personalized classroom management plan that will transform your art room. Art Made easy interview with Michael Linsin

Do your students blurt out at random moments during your demonstrations? Do you have trouble getting kids to listen or take you seriously? Do you have children that always seem to be pushing your buttons? Does your clean-up routine border on chaotic?

I know that I’ve struggled with behavioral issues, stressful transitions and more than a few wild classes and I learned that unless I got those things under control, I wasn’t able to be an effective teacher.

Although it may seem like achieving a happy balance between creating a consistent management philosophy and allowing freedom and creativity in your art room is next to impossible, I’m here to tell that it is completely doable.

Michael Linsin is the author of Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers and the author of the blog, Smart Classroom Management has the magic touch. He seems to know intuitively how to transform chaos into calm.

A little word about the show…

Podcasting is not as easy as it may appear. There are lot of steps to setting up interviews, recording and ultimately producing each episode that inevitable something always goes wrong. In this case, I had a problem with the sound quality on my end of the recording. My podcast editor had to do some fancy tweaking to make this interview easy on your ears. So if you notice any weird transitions, you know why.

And as always, thanks for listening!




Why a classroom management plan is necessary and the most important element of the whole teaching process

How good classroom management can free you to be creative

How body language can be used to set the right tone in a classroom

Why having expectations of your kids is absolutely essential to creating your dream class

Why the story behind the activity is more important than the activity itself

The truth why 95% of classroom problems will disappear  with an effective management plan

The surprising things teachers do that unintentionally encourage bad behavior

The #1 tip Michael has for all teachers looking to implement his system

Here is an interview with Michael on Deep Space Sparkle 

Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers on Amazon

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How to create a personalized classroom management plan that will transform your art room. Art Made easy interview with Michael Linsin

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  • Grace

    As a home educator and children’s church teacher, I have found this podcast to be so informative and helpful. I’m definitely going to check out Mr. Linsin’s book. Thank you so much for all of the great information.

  • Jenna

    This was such a helpful podcast, I teach to large groups of preschool students so I’ll definitely be checking out the book. I’ve had so many conversations with teachers who say the foundation of thier success in class is based in solid classroom management! Thanks so much for this!!

    • Patty Palmer

      So happy it helped. Michael has such great advice. Thanks for listening!

  • Sandra Caradori

    Very interesting and helpful for ALL teachers

  • Alexx

    I love this guy! He has helped my teaching so much! I found your podcast due to him and even though I teach a different subject than art, I love it!

  • IraLee

    Wow!!! This episode has answered so many questions and helped calm so many fears! I’m in transition to switching careers and I know very very little on how to manage kids and this is such a great resource. I will be getting his book! Ty!!

  • avaltierra

    What recommendations do you have when teaching art from a cart? I believe it is a little different since I don’t teach in my own classroom.

  • Rosalinda Walker

    Thank you for interviewing Michael. It was great to hear him, and his answers to your excellent questions. I’m a middle school Spanish teacher, and stumbled across his emails last year when someone forwarded one to me– and they have made such a difference! Buy the books, folks! 🙂

  • Tiffani Jackson

    T H A N K YOU!!! So much for turning me onto Michael Linsin. I have implemented an Art Afterschool program for elementary aged children in my little community of Cody, Wyoming. The school district cut all elementary art programs last year. I am filling in the gap as best I can.
    I have trouble with the transition times, setting the tone at the beginning of class, and of course I have a couple of, “that one kid.” This advice was like I was handed a golden egg of helpfullness!!!

  • Charlotte Spence

    I am a retired art. I see ways that I did in the high school art. Some good and bad art mangement activity.
    WOW, Wish I found your concepts in high school plans sooner.

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