Lee Canter: The Assertive Teacher
Presented by: Amber Ammons, Amy Vittitow, Katie Richardson
What is the Assertive Teaching Approach?
First, let's get rid of a common misconception: assertive does not mean aggressive. Assertive teachers are in control of everything that happens in the classroom. They decide what's best for students, in this sense they 'lead the learning'. Students are expected to comply and assertive teachers ensure this by creating and maintaining a climate in the classroom that promotes effective learning, they act quickly and decisively in calm, well-rehearsed ways that encourage compliance.
Suggested classroom procedures
Scanning: While working with a group of students, the teacher periodically looks up and over the remaining students in the classroom and gives praise statements to those who are actively working.
Circulating the classroom: “Don’t stay seated behind your desk” directs the assertive discipline. Get on your feet and move around the classroom.
The teacher stays engaged with the students, allowing them to understand there are rules to follow as well as the ability to speak open and honest within the classroom without negative implications.
Everyone has Rights!
To establish a classroom structure and routine that provides the optimal learning environment in light of your own personal needs.
To determine and request appropriate behavior from the students which meet your needs and encourage the positive social and educational development of the child.
To ask for help from parents, the principal, etc. when you need assistance with a child.
To have a teacher who is in a position to and will help them limit their inappropriate, self-disruptive behavior.
To have a teacher who is in the position to and will provide positive support for appropriate behavior.
To choose how to behave and know the consequences that will follow.