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Keep Your Students Focused in Class

What is Classroom Management?

Robert J. Marzano (2003) defined effective classroom management as:

"...the confluence of teacher actions in four distinct areas: (1) establishing and enforcing rules and procedures, (2) carrying out disciplinary actions, (3) maintaining effective teacher and student relationships, and (4) maintaining an appropriate mental set for management" (p. 88-89).


CasTek Innovative Solutions offers classroom management training to educators all over the country. Allow me to show you techniques to keep your students productive during class and engaged in the lesson. If you have any questions about this service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Seminar Components

Here are the 5 components that I share in my seminars to manage low-level behavioral patterns.

1. Self-Control 

When disruptive behaviors occur, teachers must be equipped with the necessary tools to handle such challenges in a professional, honorable, and respectful way that still holds offending students responsible and accountable while minimizing disruptions to learning in the classroom. 


When challenged, a few steps to adapt are allowing the student his/her personal space, avoiding power struggles, and remaining calm at all times. It is the teacher’s responsibility, as the adult, to role-model appropriate behavioral patterns while on stage in the classroom. 


Why do I say, “While on stage?" When a teacher has a conflict with a student, 20-25 other students are watching to see what will happen next. Teachers must choose not to argue in the situation; they diffuse the situation!

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2. Classroom Arrangement

The seating arrangement, layout, design, smell, décor, and even lighting or music can set the tone and atmosphere of a classroom each day. What works for one experienced teacher may not work for a new teacher, and even in the same classroom, what is optimal for one learning context may not be for another.​


Regardless of the situation, there a few factors that are constant: the design of your classroom must take into account both learning and behavioral consequences. In my seminar, I will show you several different classroom layouts that are specifically designed to decrease behaviors and allow students more time to learn such as, “The Giant U”, “The Z”, and “The Arrow” design.

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3. Connect Before You Correct

Creating a clear-cut learning atmosphere through good classroom design is paramount, but of far greater importance is how a teacher interacts with his or her students. Establishing positive teacher-student relationships is, in fact, so important that it is inarguable the most important factor contributing to the success of students both behaviorally and academically.


That is why, it is so important to “connect before you correct." Students experiencing respect and unconditional acceptance from their teachers are more likely to be more compliant, respectful, and open to learning. On the other hand, students receiving disrespect and negativity from teachers are more likely to exhibit behavioral patterns of those who feel unwanted.

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4. Teaching Corrective Behaviors

The first day of the academic school year, the first week, and first the first month are all critical to classroom management. A teacher can never assume that a student will know how to behave and conduct his/herself in the classroom unless that student is taught.


In my seminar, I will deliver a very powerful format for you to follow to develop your own lesson plans for fewer rules and more procedures. Giving students clear and concise expectations at the beginning of the school year and reinforcing those to rules and procedures will help your students learn all of the skills they will need to be successful in the classroom.


Veteran teachers devote a great deal of time during the first few weeks of school to the careful teaching of what is expected during regular school hours from arriving at school, entering the classroom, how to behave during lunch, participating in P.E., walking in the hallway to getting back on the bus to go home.


Instead of telling and posting, they teach and model crucial classroom routines just as they would academics. The teaching of rules and procedures sets the stage for structure in your classroom for divergent and creative discovery and learning. 

5. Early Intervention

Timing is everything, and so is an awareness of the emotional state of students who are challenging your authority. Early intervention is critical.


I will share with you a powerful strategy in redirecting the unwanted behavior where the teacher stops the student, reteaches, checks for understanding, and sends the student back to work independently.


Students are given only one prompt, be allowed to self-correct over a period of time, and then asked to identify the interfering disruption. When addressing a negative behavior in the classroom the right way when the behavior first starts, teachers, can be more non-confrontational, more hands-off, and will not have to defend their creditability as a certified and licensed educator.  

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