According to Canter, well-behaved students have the right to learn in a classroom without distraction. This means that the teacher must discipline poorly behaved students in the best interests of the rest of the class. The Right to Teach. Teachers should be given the same right to a peaceful working environment as other professionals. Teachers must be in Control.
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For elementary students these might be: Follow directions. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. No teasing or name-calling. Assertive Discipline It is critical that classroom rules must be easily understood and observable so that there is no room for interpretation.
For example, "Keep hands and feet to yourself" is an observable rule whereas "Be respectful to others" is unclear Assertive Discipline If rules are not observable, they are both difficult to enforce and leave room for arguments from students.
Finally, when creating classroom rules it is important that the rules are always in effect. This consistency will again ensure that there is no room for interpretation from students. Therefore, a rule stating a student must raise their hand before speaking is not reasonable because there may be times when a student is allowed to speak more freely, such as when they are working on a group project Assertive Discipline The establishment of classroom rules ensures that behavioral consequences, both good and bad, are based on "informed student choices" Malmgren and Trezek A student who is aware of the rules makes their behavioral decisions knowing in advance what the consequences will be.
Once classroom rules have been established, the teacher can create their plan for positive reinforcement and corrective action. Image from: crossingnineveh.
Types of Classroom Management: Assertive Discipline
Brief overview[ edit ] Assertive discipline is a structured, systematic approach designed to assist educators in running an organized, teacher-in-charge classroom environment. Today, it is the most widely used behavior management program Walker, They also marketed products aimed at educating teachers on other topics such as motivation, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and instructional strategies with titles like "How to Get Parents On Your SideTM". They provided professional development training for teachers, and materials that could be used by universities for degree programs and graduate-level course work.
For elementary students these might be: Follow directions. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. No teasing or name-calling. Assertive Discipline It is critical that classroom rules must be easily understood and observable so that there is no room for interpretation. For example, "Keep hands and feet to yourself" is an observable rule whereas "Be respectful to others" is unclear Assertive Discipline
11 Key Features of Assertive Discipline Theory (2020)
Assertive discipline is very structured and systematic. While consulting for many school systems throughout the United States, the Canters found that the majority of teachers were having difficulty controlling bad behavior in their classrooms. They also found that many teachers were lacking appropriate training in classroom management. Using a positive behavior management model that focused on cooperation, rather than authoritarian methods, to gain positive classroom behavior, the Canters hit upon a truly workable device that has helped thousands of teachers gain confidence in the classroom. Assertive Discipline has grown considerably since the s and is currently one of the most widely used classroom management training programs in the world.