Online Class: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems

This course will cover the most reliable methods for maintaining classroom control such as the Behavior Analysis Model, Assertive Discipline, Cooperative Discipline and Democratic Discipline, as well as several others.

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Course Description

Mastering Classroom Dynamics: Unlocking the Power of Positive Discipline

Creating an optimal learning environment is the hallmark of every exceptional educator. In the heart of every thriving classroom is a delicate balance of discipline and freedom, where students are nurtured to express themselves while being guided towards excellence. It's a dance between maintaining classroom order and cultivating creativity, between setting boundaries and encouraging exploration. Without the right balance, classrooms can swiftly descend from hubs of discovery to arenas of chaos.

Introducing "Mastering Classroom Dynamics," a comprehensive course tailored for educators like you, dedicated to crafting the perfect learning environment. Here, we dive deep into time-tested strategies and innovative approaches for classroom management. From the Behavior Analysis Model and Assertive Discipline to Cooperative and Democratic Discipline, we unveil a spectrum of techniques to align with every teaching style and classroom scenario.

But our exploration doesn't stop there. In today's diverse and ever-evolving educational landscape, managing a mix of students from varied backgrounds and abilities is the new norm. This course equips you with the tools to understand and cater to each unique learner, ensuring no student is left behind. You'll also gain insights into fostering strong relationships with parents, creating collaborative partnerships that further student success.

One of the pressing challenges facing many educators today is the rise in student violence and disruptions. Our module on this critical issue not only addresses preventative measures but also offers actionable solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of both students and teachers.

Whether you're molding young minds in grade school, guiding teenagers in high school, enlightening adults, or nurturing the curiosity of preschoolers, "Mastering Classroom Dynamics" holds invaluable lessons for every educator. And if you're stepping into the realm of education as a student teacher or substitute, this course promises a wealth of knowledge to kickstart your journey.

Join us, and elevate your teaching prowess. Because every student deserves an environment where they can truly shine, and every teacher the skills to create it.

Course Motivation

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.  


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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Course Lessons

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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. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Operant Behavior; Shaping and Chaining 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Assertive Discipline 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: 4 Goals of Misbehavior; Cooperative Discipline 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Reality and Choice Therapy 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: 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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: 7 Classroom Management Tips; Classroom Management Tips 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Classroom Management and Student Diversity

All student populations are diverse in some regard. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Talking to Parents about Misbehavior 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Breaking Up Fights; Handling Disrespectful Students 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: 50 Classroom Management Tips 58 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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).
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize managing student violent assaults and breaking up student fights.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
Course Number: 57700127
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (1,479 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 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: Dana Kristan
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I really liked the examples at the end of each session. I also liked all of the different methods that were presented. I realized that I have used many of them in my years of teaching. I hope your company can present this to the colleges and universities so that new teachers receive this before they start working. As of now most colleges do not teach classroom management as part of their curriculum." -- Wayland M.
  • "I enjoyed the straight, to the point lesson. This was a great review and will recommended it to anyone needing a refresher on classroom management." -- Kasimira L.
  • "The curriculum was well-planned and the extra web-sites were an added plus. I enjoyed the feedback from the instructor, as well." -- Vicki M.
  • "I liked getting feedback from the instructor." -- Ella T.