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Course Description:

This course is an introduction to Lee and Marlene Canter’s ASSERTIVE DISCIPLINE, modernising the original, authoritarian concept and developing it to embrace a more democratic approach to keeping a classroom orderly and focused on learning.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the core concepts of Lee and Marlene Canter’s Assertive Discipline and recognise its evolution towards a more democratic classroom management approach.
  • Apply modernised Assertive Discipline techniques to create and maintain an orderly and focused classroom environment.
  • Foster a sense of responsibility and accountability among students, empowering them to make positive behavioural choices.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with students while setting clear expectations and boundaries.
  • Identify common classroom behaviour problems and employ effective strategies to address them constructively.
  • Boost teachers’ confidence in managing their classrooms while promoting a positive and inclusive learning environment.

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the historical context and key concepts of Assertive Discipline and its transformation towards a more democratic approach.
  • Implement assertive but respectful strategies to maintain an orderly classroom conducive to learning.
  • Apply a range of assertive discipline techniques to promote student responsibility and engagement.
  • Adapt assertive discipline principles to the specific needs and challenges of their classroom.
  • Foster positive teacher-student relationships based on trust and respect.
  • Employ democratic classroom management practices, including student involvement in decision-making and conflict resolution.
  • Effectively address and manage common classroom behavioural issues, ensuring a productive learning environment.
  • Gain confidence in their ability to manage classrooms while prioritising student growth and well-being.

By achieving these learning objectives and outcomes, participants will be well-equipped to modernise their classroom management strategies and create a more democratic and effective learning environment for their students.

Resources & Assessment:

  • The course provides a range of resources to support learners and facilitate the application of acquired knowledge.
  • The course features ungraded, in-course quiz questions designed to assess comprehension of the material. Learners will have the flexibility to attempt these questions multiple times until they arrive at the correct answer. Although the review quizzes are optional, it is strongly advised that participants aim to identify the correct answers to confirm their grasp of the course content.
  • The course incorporates a comprehensive final assessment, known as the ‘Course Test’, designed to evaluate participants’ understanding of the essential concepts covered throughout the course. Upon successfully passing this test, participants will be awarded a course certificate.