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Say something positive to the student in a personal, quiet voice. Teachers need to communicate the idea that they care too much about themselves to allow students to take advantage of them. Teachers have needs, wants asserhive feelings and the right to teach without interruption by students misbehaving. Do you use eye contact, gestures, and the student’s name? When told to get back on task, Juanita tells you that she is feeling ill today. Students are off task while the teacher quietly sits at her desk and corrects assignments.

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They also need to show students that cxnter care too much about them to allow their inappropriate behavior to go unnoticed. Do you believe that all behavior is a conscious choice on the part of youngsters? For Canter, teachers must insist that their own rights are met in the classroom.

They give firm, clear, concise directions to students who are in need of outside guidance to help them behave appropriately. To accomplish this goal, teachers must react assertively, as opposed to aggressively or non assertively. They have the right to doscipline teachers who will limit inappropriate behavior, who will provide positive support for appropriate behavior and who will communicate how students should behave and what will happen if they do not.


In the above situation, you would move through your list of negative consequences until the student complies. They atttempt to get their own needs met and still assertvie into account the capabilities of their students.

Assertive Discipline

While eye-contact from children during discipline is disciplone among those raised in homes with European ancestry, most other cultures of the world require a student to look down or avoid eye contact while being disciplined. You see Tyler put the stuffed clown doll in his desk rather than returning it to the toy box. This instruction involves more than just giving commands. This is a disguised way of repeating your rules so that all students know what to do This procedure appears to be a restatement of Jacob Kounin’s “ripple effect” strategy.

Do you respond to misconduct in a non hostile, assertive cantef

You decide to give a friendly hint or asserfive. You were afraid of them or their behavior You might cause them psychological harm You felt inadequate to handle their unusual behavior You were concerned that they might not like you You weren’t sure what to do c.

Devise four or five rules that are specific and easily understood by your students. Asking students to try to stop talking is not really what the teacher wants.


Canter believes that teachers have traditionally ignore their own discpiline in the classroom.

Assertive discipline

This model is developed by Lee Canter who is a child guidance specialist. Students must be forced to comply with rules. You can sit down now or you’ll sit with me after school or during recess. Do disipline “catch the students being good” e. With another person, discuss the following: Mike is not wearing his goggles during an activity that requires chipping pieces off of a rock with a hammer and chisel.

Continue to repeat your command a maximum of three times until the student follows your directions. Discipljne fails to let the students clearly know what he wants and what he will not accept.

Have your partner approach your desk and ask if his or her paper is “OK”.

It’s been five minutes since I asked you to clean up. More subtle recognition is required for adolescents.

These response-style categories are assertive, hostile and nonassertive. I want you to stop talking, turn around and face front, and pay attention to the lecture. Are there any legitimate excuses for misbehavior e. Invite pre adolescents into the hallway to “talk” to avoid le in front of peers and the negative behavior that will most likely result if you engage in public chastisement.