Craig Seganti

by Amber Brink
 He
began teaching in 1990.
 He has spent most of his career teaching
middle school and high school.
 He wrote Classroom Discipline 101: How
to get Control of Any Classroom.
 There
are four messages that he says to
convey to students:
• A student who disrupts the class is interfering
with other students’ constitutional rights to a
good education.
• A teacher and students are not equals in the
• The classroom is for academic learning.
• Self-esteem does not come from messing around
in the classroom. It comes from hard work and
 He
has four operating principles that
improve a teacher’s ability to work with
• Emphasize actions.
• Do not give warnings.
• Do not offer rewards for learning.
• Talk effectively with students. (Do not argue with
 Seganti
has several tactics he believes
teachers should use:
• Organize the room arrangement.
• Cultivate quiet.
• Be at the ready.
• Dress professionally.
• Make eye contact.
• Give something back to the students.
• Organize procedures.
Listen to students.
Speak in statements.
Educate students.
Hold students accountable for proper behavior.
Hold the line.
Keep ‘em busy.
Review the rules.
Assess yourself.
Take care of things.
Don’t be manipulated.
 Seganti
believes that students need to be
held accountable for their actions.
 The basis for this is to have class rules.
 He has 11 rules that he uses in his
 He believes that teacher should write the
rules, not the students.
 He uses the first day of class to go over
the rules. This is considered their only
 Rule
1: You are to enter the classroom
calmly and quietly and go immediately to
your assigned seat. You are to sit at a 90degree angle to your desk with your feet
on the floor and good posture (spine
 Rule
2: Students are to show respect at all
times and in all manners toward staff,
others, and themselves. This includes all
verbal and nonverbal forms of
communication, including body
language, facial expression, and tone of
 Additional topics for rules:
• Work on task.
• Distractions.
• Beginning the period.
• Readiness for work.
• Miscellaneous behavior.
• Permissions and procedures.
• Teacher requests and directions.
• End of class.
• System of Consequences.
 He
believes a teacher needs to have
some kind of leverage to make students
follow the rules.
 Seganti uses 15-minute detentions as a
 He may also suspend a student from his
class. They may come back to class after
serving a detention and copying the
 There
are only 3 reasons to suspend a
student from class:
• Defiance.
 The student does not follow rules after being given a
15-minute detention.
• Repeated Disruption.
 The student continues to interrupt the class after a
detention is given.
• Gross Disrespect.
 This includes swearing, insulting, or other highly
offensive behavior.