Solving Classroom Discipline Problems


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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, this 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, this course will address the extreme issue of how to deal with student violence.

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


Depending on their stage of development, most children will not yet have the emotional and mental maturity to self-discipline completely. Given the right opportunity (an unmanaged, undisciplined classroom), any child, from any geographic area and socioeconomic background, will become unruly and disruptive. Although it seems self-explanatory, many in the field of teaching are not exactly clear on what constitutes classroom management and discipline and how these two concepts work together to create a stable, structured classroom that inspires learning and reduces conflict. It is vital to understand that classroom management comes first: It is the key in keeping your students in a mode of learning and cooperation. Discipline comes second: It is an action taken to address the problems and situations that overstep the orderly management of the class. 

Classroom management focuses on three major components: content management, conduct management, and contract management: This course will discuss each of these components in detail.

Discipline Problems and Their Causes

Discipline problems can be as benign as not following minor rules (gum chewing, talking out of turn, chatting with friends, not paying attention, etc.) or major infractions, which are derisive and/or dangerous (violence, bullying, shouting, throwing things, arguing, etc.). One thing is for certain, if continuous minor problems are not addressed properly, they will eventually turn into bigger, harder-to-control issues.  

Tactics such as berating, criticizing, insulting and humiliating produce a negative effect on students. Rather than wanting to cooperate with their teachers, students rebel against unfair treatment and act out either aggressively or passive-aggressively in retaliation. Likewise, fear based discipline will create an environment of stifled resentment rather than positive collaboration. Many discipline problems can be thwarted if the teacher is armed with a solid plan of action and management before problems begin. 

Making Decisions about Discipline

The time to make decisions about discipline is before you enter the classroom. Waiting until the school year is underway and you are faced with problems to come up with a discipline plan is not a good route to take. This will cause undue stress for you and your students. It is important to devise a plan for handling various scenarios before you stand before your classroom. This course will introduce you to several methods that have been proven to work well. Learning the methods presented in the course will arm you with the tools you need to effectively manage your classroom. Doing so will keep problems at bay. In the event that discipline problems do occur, you will also have the tools you need to take prompt action. Use one or more of the methods introduced here, or utilize the lessons to create your own personal plan.  

Conclusion

Classroom management is a practice that aims to encourage, and establish, student self-control through promoting positive student achievement and behavior. Academic achievement, teacher effectiveness, and teacher/student behavior are all directly linked with the concept of classroom management. There are three major parts to classroom management: content management, conduct management and contract (covenant) management. Discipline problems often occur due to lack of planning, using debasing forms of discipline -- such as humiliation and belittling -- or from using fear-based methods of discipline. The time to form a solid plan for discipline and classroom management is before you enter the classroom! 


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Lesson 1: Defining Discipline and Classroom Management

Depending on their stage of development, most children will not yet have the emotional and mental maturity to self-discipline completely. 16 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Grade Level
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Behavior Analysis Model

Behavior analysis is a theory that focuses on the behavior of people. Specifically, behavior analysis is a method of trying to understand, describe, and predict another's behavior. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Operant Behavior; Shaping and Chaining
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Assertive Discipline (Lee Canter)

Assertive discipline was a system developed by Lee Canter in the 1970s. Lee Canter's background in social work (he holds a master's degree in social work) led him to a focus on classroom management. 11 Total Points
  • Review Article: Assertive Discipline
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

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

Cooperative discipline was developed by Linda Albert and Rudolf Dreikurs, and uses the theories of Alfred Alder, who created classic Alderian psychology. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Cooperative Discipline; 4 Goals of Misbehavior
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

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

Dr. William Glasser developed reality therapy in the 1960s to assist people with various life problems and coping issues. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Reality and Choice Therapy
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Teacher Effectiveness Training Model (Thomas Gordon)

Teacher Effectiveness Training, also called T.E.T., was created by Dr. Thomas Gordon a well-known psychologist. 30 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Democratic Discipline (Clifford H. Edwards)

Democratic discipline is exactly what it sounds like -- a democratic method of classroom management and discipline that makes the educator the president, and the students the citizens, of the classroom. 10 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

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

The Jones Model of classroom management uses body language, incentives, and individual attention to help students become self-motivated and independent in their classwork. 15 Total Points
  • Review Article: Positive Discipline Model
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Creating Your Own Comprehensive Discipline Program

The previous seven lessons introduced you to a variety of excellent classroom management and discipline methods. Some educators choose to stick with one model that works for them. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Classroom Management Tips; 7 Classroom Management Tips
  • Take Poll: Classroom Mangement
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Classroom Management and Student Diversity

All student populations are diverse in some regard. 15 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Working With Parents

For some educators, working with parents is either the most helpful, or one of the hardest, parts of teaching. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Talking to Parents about Misbehavior
  • Take Poll: Parents
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

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

While dealing with extreme parents, misbehavior, and interruptions may be some of the most difficult parts of teaching, all teachers would agree that coping with violence is by far the worst problem to deal with. 9 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Breaking Up Fights; Handling Disrespectful Students
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Course Conclusion

Being a teacher has many rewards and most do it for the love of the job. However, discipline and classroom management is a part of teaching that educators have always struggled with. 63 Total Points
  • Review Article: 50 Classroom Management Tips
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: The Final Exam
219
Total Course Points
 

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.
 

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Course Title: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
Course Number: 8900090
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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