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More subtle recognition is required for adolescents. Archived from the original on Assertive teachers clearly and firmly communicate personal wants and needs to students and are prepared to enforce their words with appropriate actions. List the rules on the board along with the positive and negative consequences.

Go to the link on Dr. Others might receive notes of praise to be shown to their parents. While three students read or listen, Calvin and Poonam are poking each other and making faces. Explain why rules are needed.

He and his wife lead workshops all over the US and the world. You finally handed in an assignment that doesn’t look like chicken scratchings.

Peter is working diligently on his seatwork.

This can be done after the first, second, or third request. Assertive teachers react confidently and quickly in situations that require the management of student behavior. Determine positive consequences for appropriate behavior. A nonassertive teacher is passive, often inconsistent and unwilling to impose demands on byy behavior.


While eye-contact from children during discipline is common 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. When told to get back on task, Juanita tells you that she is feeling ill today. Students who comply are reinforced, whereas those who disobey rules and directions receive negative consequences.

He has established an organization in California called Canter and Associates, through which he provides training for teachers who want to become more assertive in their teaching. They take everything personally. The consequence should be administered quickly and in a calm, matter-of-fact manner. Based on their investigation and the foundations of assertiveness training and applied behavior analysis, they developed a common sense, easy-to-learn approach to help teachers become the captains of their classrooms and positively influence their students’ behavior.

Continue to repeat your command a maximum of three times until the student follows your directions. Now turn around and shut up if you know what is good for you.

Pedagogy School and classroom behaviour. Return to the Intervention Strategies Index. Review periodically throughout the year especially soon after implementation of the program in order to reiterate important points and consolidate the program.

Assertive Discipline

Mike is not wearing axsertive goggles during an activity that requires chipping pieces off of a rock with a hammer and chisel.


Invite pre adolescents into the hallway to “talk” to avoid embarrassment in front of peers and the negative behavior that will most likely result if you engage in public chastisement. Asking students to try to stop talking is not really what the teacher wants.

In simple terms, assertive teachers let students know that they mean what they say and disciplie what they mean. This instruction involves more than just giving commands.

Follow steps 2, 3, and 4 under the section entitled How to Use Assertive Discipline. Diana leaves her seat to tug on your arm and ask for assistance. Have your partner approach your desk and ask if his or her paper is “OK”. But except in unusual circumstances the slate starts anew the next day.

Assertive discipline

Be sure to add emphasis to your directions by using eye contact, hand gestures, and the student’s name. Now that you have given a direction, you can reinforce the student for compliance or punish him or her for noncompliance.

Assertive discipline provides strategies for gaining this support. The Canter’s believe that kids choose to misbehave.