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Course Description

Managing an efficient classroom, one that fosters learning, understanding and cooperation requires discipline and clear, firm rules. The goal for any teacher is to maintain a sufficient amount of control over the class so that students are not disrupting the learning process, while allowing enough freedom for expression, communication and creativity to flourish. The best case scenario in an unmanaged classroom is distraction and inattention; the worst case can create chaos, pandemonium and even physical harm to students and/or teachers. There are many methods of achieving a well managed classroom that provide clear, kind, authoritative discipline.


This course will cover the most reliable of these such as The Behavior Analysis Model, Assertive Discipline, Cooperative Discipline and Democratic Discipline, as well as several others.


Additionally, the course will cover creating your own unique discipline program, one that is molded to work for you and your students. Other topics will include managing diverse student populations and working with parents of many types. Lastly, the course will address the extreme issue of how to deal with student violence.


There are thirteen comprehensive lessons written in an easy to follow, informative manner. The end of each lesson will provide you with multiple summary review questions and exercises so that you may effectively test your new found knowledge. We encourage you to use these self-test questions and exercises to determine whether you are ready to move on or if you should review portions of the preceding lesson before taking the next step. Do not rush yourself. Take the time to read all portions of the lessons and complete the exercises and self-tests. Whether you are a grade school, high school, adult education or pre-school teacher or instructor, you will find great value in this course. Student and substitute teachers will also gain great insight from this course. 

Course Requirements

At least a high school reading and writing educational level is required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Defining Discipline and Classroom Management


Lesson 2: The Behavior Analysis Model


Lesson 3: Assertive Discipline (Lee Canter)


Lesson 4: Cooperative Discipline (Albert/Dreikurs/Adlerain Model)


Lesson 5: Reality Therapy/Choice Therapy (William Glasser)


Lesson 6: Teacher Effectiveness Training Model (Thomas Gordon)


Lesson 7: Democratic Discipline (Clifford H. Edwards)


Lesson 8: The Jones Model (Frederick H. Jones)


Lesson 9: Creating Your Own Comprehensive Discipline Program (choosing a unique discipline approach)


Lesson 10: Classroom Management and Student Diversity


Lesson 11: Working With Parents


Lesson 12: Managing Student Violent Assaults and Breaking up Student Fights


Course Conclusion

Course Materials


All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course consists of ten lessons. At the end of each lesson will be at least one writing assignment anbased on the lesson material. A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what discipline and classroom management is and is not.
  • Describe the Behavior Analysis Model.
  • Describe Assertive Discipline Model (Lee Canter).
  • Describe Cooperative Discipline Model (Albert/Dreikurs/Adlerain).
  • Describe reality therapy/choice therapy (William Glasser).
  • Know teacher effectiveness training model (Thomas Gordon).
  • Describe the Democratic Discipline model of classroom management.
  • Demonstrate creating your own comprehensive discipline program to meet your classroom management needs.
  • Describe additional methods of classroom management and integrating student diversity.
  • Describe effective processes for working with parents.
  • Know managing student violent assaults and breaking up student fights, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment5
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam30
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment5
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment5
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12 Exam9
The Final Exam58
Total Points:214

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