ASSERTIVE APPROACH to classroom management expects teachers to specify rules of behavior and consequences for disobeying them and to communicate these rules and consequences clearly. The classroom is managed in such a way that students are not allowed to forget who is in charge of the classroom.
The teacher takes charge of the classroom immediately, sets the ground rules and interacts with students in a calm yet forceful way. The teacher is expected to combine clear expectations, active response to misbehavior and consistent follow-through with warmth and support for all students.
The technique also assumes that firm classroom management liberates students because it allows them to develop their best traits, skills and abilities and provides them with psychological security in the classroom and an effective learning environment. It assumes that good teachers can handle discipline problems on their own and that teaching failure is directly related to the inability to maintain adequate classroom discipline. Success, if not predicted on, at least correlates with, good discipline. The approach probably is most effective at the secondary level and in inner-city classrooms where it is now recognized that chronic student behavior problems often exist.
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