- Paperback: 263 pages
- Publisher: Canter & Associates; Revised edition (January 25, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0939007452
- ISBN-13: 978-0939007455
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Assertive Discipline--New and Revised: Positive Behavior Management for Today's Classroom Paperback – January 25, 2002
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Canter's approach is PRACTICAL, not ideological, and his goal is for you to have a classroom in which you can teach.
That's it: simply a classroom environment that is functional enough that you can teach.
I disagree with a previous reviewer: the point behind classroom discipline isn't to teach "critical thinking skills" or to have students analyze whether "Please take out your homework and pass it to the front of the classroom" is a reasonable, just, appropriate, or relevant instruction.
Getting compliance with basic classroom rules is NOT the same as controlling or manipulating students. You, the teacher, are supposed to be in charge of what happens in your classroom. Living up to your job description will not hurt your students or turn them into uncritical automata.
The real purpose of classroom management is to make it possible for you to TEACH in the first place. The fact is that, no matter how brilliantly you present today's objectives, if the classroom is too loud and chaotic for students to pay attention, then you might as well have just stayed in bed.
I really believe that the first step in direct instruction is to provide a classroom where students are able to be in their places, to look at you, and to pay attention -- or at least not prevent everyone else from doing so.
One idea I developed from Canter's book: attitudes are the family's problem.Read more ›
My very first year using it, it eliminated 99% of any and all discipline problems I was having. Students quickly learned what the rules were and what would happen if they chose to break those rules. This created an environment that was conducive to learning. The students were more relaxed because the atmosphere was orderly and calm.
One of the positive rewards I used was positive notes and phone calls home. Parents were pleased and surprised to get a phone call from the school telling them that their child appeared happy in class, was performing well, turning in all his homework, etc.
I used other rewards as well, such as points towards individual and class-wide rewards, etc. I actually had students spurring each other on to make sure they turned in their homework, completed their work accurately and neatly and so on.
The use of Assertive Discipline will remove much of the uncertainty from teaching. It answers the question, "What will I do when...?"
You will have a plan. The students will know what will happen if they choose to misbehave. It's not simply about 'rewards and punishments' as it is about learning to make appropriate choices. We all have to do that, and we all have to learn to do it sometime.
Most students know how to behave properly. Sadly, many choose not to. I'm not a social worker, but I have a job to do and I can't do it if there's chaos in the classroom.
This program is especially useful for new teachers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a great book--Practical and doable measures for handling most students.Published 1 month ago by maui demigod
Practical help for establishing good classroom management, particularly for new teachers. All of my new teachers received a copy of the book.Published on August 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was a required text for an online class. I have found it to be very helpful & will probably use it as a reference throughout my teaching career.Published on June 28, 2008 by K. Morris
On the face of it Canter's advice seems sound. Unless you know anything about modern psychology. His approach is purely behavioristic. Read morePublished on November 15, 2005 by N. Meier
Assertive Discipline is an effective way to control behavior in order to help create an environment where learning can occur.Published on November 3, 2004 by Ronald K. Pendleton
I felt the information was most helpful developing a discipline program for our school.Published on March 12, 2002