Discipline is more than keeping a group of children or young people quiet while being talked to. Preserving good
behavior is certainly one aspect to discipline, for learning it in an atmosphere of confusion is difficult. Children have
to learn to conform to the rules of behavior needed in a classroom. Teachers have the right to ask for a quiet class,
keep the students in their seats, and have the right to discipline them if they do not cooperate. When a teacher
expresses his or her thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in direct, honest, and appropriate ways that do not violate the
right of others, and when the message does not humiliate, degrade, or dominate the one being talked to, he or she is
using Assertive Discipline. In order for a teacher to maintain control of his or her class they must use Assertive
In order for a teacher to have his or her needs met, they can influence the behavior of the children.
a teacher is "powerless" and will become "burned out." (Canter, 2) There is no simple answer to why this happens.
A number of complex factors have combined to create an environment in which teachers are having trouble in
getting personal and professional needs met. Until the past decade, the teacher was looked at as the main person in
the classroom by students and parents. The teacher, simply because of their role status, had respect and authority.
Thus, the teacher was a "powerful" figure in the eyes of the students and could easily influence the student's
behavior, often with just a look, smile, or a threat.(Canter,3)
All of that is now changed. Today, a teacher has to earn the respect of both the students and their parents. A
teacher's basic techniques of influence,