Assertive vs. Democratic Discipline in Classrooms

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Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

How should students be disciplined in the classroom? What method brings about the best results? This lesson will describe and differentiate between assertive discipline and democratic discipline. Examples and strategies for using both approaches will also be provided.

Background on Classroom Discipline

Do you ever struggle with behavioral issues in your classroom? If so, how do you handle them? Do you ignore undesired behaviors or instead discipline students who misbehave? What does discipline look like in your classroom? These questions are important to consider in terms of classroom discipline.

Discipline is most often defined as a punishment for undesired behavior. The overarching goal of discipline is usually focused on teaching correct ways of behaving. There are many different ways of disciplining students in the classroom. Let's take a closer look at two particular methods: assertive discipline and democratic discipline.

Assertive Discipline

Jamie is a student in your classroom. She struggles to stay seated in class and often gets up without permission and wanders around the classroom. This not only annoys you but is also beginning to distract the other students. How should Jamie be disciplined?

Assertive discipline, a method developed by the educators Lee and Marlene Cantor, places teachers in a position of authority in the classroom. Teachers define clear rules and expectations for behavior, while students must follow those rules to avoid punishment. Assertive discipline includes positive feedback for good behavior and specific punishments for disobeying the rules. How might Jamie's behavior be handled with assertive discipline?

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