Canter versus Jones

What is the appropriate approach?

Assertive Discipline in the classroom: Canter and Canter

Assertive discipline allows teachers to meet their needs by systematically applying behavioral strategies to classroom situations.
  • Practice assertive responses to classroom conflict
  • Establish classroom rules
  • Establish a hierarchy of consequences for when rules are broken
  • Determine a system for recording violations of the rules
  • Establish a reward system for individual students and for the class a whole
  • Acquire support for your discipline plan from your school administrator
  • Share plan with parents and secure support

Positive Classroom Discipline

Positive classroom discipline is the combined enforcement of classroom standards and the development of cooperative behavior.
  • Arrange your classroom for maximum proximity control
  • Establish rules for your classroom
  • Employ limit setting by using nonverbal methods to control behavior
  • Provide backups for when limit setting is ineffective
  • Train students to have responsibility for themselves and others through responsibility training
  • Provide preferred activity time (PAT) as reward for group behavior
  • Use omission training for individual students who will not comply with classroom standards

Similarities and Differences

Assertive discipline provides the skills needed for teachers’ to meet the needs of students without regarding the students' best interest. Teachers utilize a systematic approach to discipline. This approach allows the teacher to set firm limits for the student while still maintaining a nurturing and supportive disposition with the student.

Positive Discipline is based respecting the rights of the student and teacher. There is a mutual understanding between the two parties in Positive Discipline. The teacher utilizes firmness but still shows respect for the student. Positive Discipline teaches the student accountability and responsibility