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CM: Chapter 3. Exploring the Theories of Assertive Discipline – Lee Canter and Marlene Canter . Key Concepts of Assertive Discipline. Rewards and punishments are effective. Both teachers and students have rights. Teachers create an optimal learning environment.

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Cm chapter 3

CM: Chapter 3

Exploring the Theories of Assertive Discipline – Lee Canter and Marlene Canter


Key concepts of assertive discipline

Key Concepts of Assertive Discipline

  • Rewards and punishments are effective.

  • Both teachers and students have rights.

  • Teachers create an optimal learning environment.

  • Teachers apply rules and enforce consequences consistently without bias or discrimination.

  • Teachers use a discipline hierarchy with the consequences appropriate for the grade level.

  • Teachers are assertive, not nonassertive or hostile.


Response styles

Response Styles

  • Nonassertive - “I’ve asked you repeatedly to stop talking, and you continue to do it. Please stop.”

  • Assertive - “Justin, that is your warning for leaning back in the chair. Put the chair down now or you will face a loss of classroom privileges.”

  • Hostile - “Put that comic book away or you’ll wish you had!”


Different types of rewards

Different types of rewards:

  • Social reinforcers

    • Words – Smiles – Gestures

  • Graphic reinforcers

    • Star – Sticker – Checkmark

  • Activity reinforcers

    • Free time – Special game

  • Tangible reinforcers

    • Treat – Pencils and other supplies – Certificates


Basic rights of students

Basic Rights of Students

Students have the right to:

  • Have an optimal learning environment

  • Have teachers who help them reduce inappropriate behavior

  • Have teachers who provide appropriate support for appropriate behavior

  • Have teachers who do not violate the students’ best interests

  • Choose how to behave with the advance knowledge of the consequences that will consistently follow


Basic rights of teachers

Basic Rights of Teachers

Teachers have the right to:

  • Maintain an optimal learning environment

  • Expect appropriate behavior

  • Expect help from administrators and parents

  • Ensure students’ rights and responsibilities are met by a discipline plan that:

    • Clearly states expectations

    • Consistently applies the consequences

    • Does not violate the best interests of the students


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