Improve: Student Learning through Classroom Management

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Date of Event: February 14th, 2013.   Location: Smart Museum of Art

Essential Highlights

Student Engagement

  • Students who are actively engaged in a lesson are less likely to act out; in turn classroom management becomes much easier
  • Grab students attention from the beginning with a ‘hook’
  • Learn techniques to make lessons more engaging (See Classroom Management Through Student Engagement)

Lesson Components:

  • Include components of a strong lesson: Introduction, Instruction, Practice and Assessment
    • Use assessment at the end of each lesson cycle to get a sense of students’ understanding and for reinforcing what was learned.  Assessment can be done: individually, in small groups, or as a class (For more on assessment see Assess training)

Positive Narration:

  • Use positive narration as a strategy to engage challenging students.  Frame directions positively by saying what you want students to do rather than what you don’t want them to do.
  • For example: This: Please sit quietly in your seats.  Not This: No Talking.
  • Narrate the behavior of students who are on task.
  • For example: “I see that Michael is sitting quietly waiting for the activity to start”

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Summary of Event

This fourth training in the NAVIGATE series honed in on classroom management skills. Facilitated by elementary and high school teachers and Communities In Schools of Chicago (CISC) staff, participants learned practical tools for keeping students actively engaged in the classroom. If students are actively engaged from the start, then the need for classroom management declines.

Facilitators highlighted the four components of a strong lesson plan: introduction, instruction, practice and assessment. A strong introduction grabs the students’ attention with a ‘hook,’ making it easier to keep students attentive and participating throughout the lesson. The training covered techniques for how to create strong lecture-based, text-based, and creative lessons that draw students in and keep them interested (See Classroom Management Through Student Engagement). In small groups, participants then brainstormed ways to involve learners of different intelligence types (interactive, analytic, introspective).

In the third section participants learned about positive narration, which aids in engaging challenging students by providing clear, concise instructions about how you want students to interact. Positive Narration involves two steps: first, framing instruction positively and second, highlighting students’ good behavior. Narrating the behaviors of students who are on task rewards them for following directions, while reminding the others about what they are supposed to be doing (See Positive Narration).

Finally, incorporating assessment into each lesson cycle creates a benchmark for identifying gaps in student learning and what skills or content needs to be reviewed. For the students, it reinforces helping them retain information and make connections with that they’ve learned (See Assess training).

See what some of your fellow CISC community partners had to say about the Improve Training :

  • “I was really happy with both presentations. Information was delivered efficiently, but still with thoroughness. I enjoyed the time to practice and brainstorm about what we’re doing.”
  • “Thank you so much! I learned a lot and feel much more ready to enter a classroom.”

Materials from this training:


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