502 WA1
Assertive Discipline Rules & Penalties

Specific Information and Criteria

OBJECTIVE - Each scholar will develop a set of Assertive Discipline RULES and PENALTIES, in accordance with the six criteria indicated below, for a course that he/she might teach or is presently teaching.

RATIONALE - In order to maintain a productive learning environment, students need to know what rules they are expected to abide by and what the consequences are for breaking those rules. A lot of material has been published about "assertive discipline," which provides insight into how teachers can develop and implement effective rules to facilitate student learning. Every teacher should be familiar with assertive discipline and should be able to develop an effective set of rules and consequences appropriate for the environment in which he/she teaches.

CRITERIA - It is expected that each scholar will:

  1. Comply with all of the General Criteria for Written Assignments.

  2. List and briefly describe at least one good resource from which further information about Assertive Discipline can be obtained.

  3. List a minimum of five rules that reflect reasonable student behavior in the situation in which you function (or expect to function) as an instructor.

  4. List the penalties (or consequences) for breaking those rules, indicating the increased severity of the penalties for repeated offenses. Be sure that the penalties you describe are both reasonable and enforceable.

  5. Prepare the rules as a one page contract that can be signed by the student. Type or word process the rules contract. Careful consideration should be given to margins, headings and overall appearance.

  6. Everything should fit on one side of one 8.5 by 11 page and it should be clearly reproduced on high quality paper so that it will look professional.

    NOTE: If a basic set of class rules and penalties are already in place (and effectively implemented) in the environment in which you instruct, you may simply provide a copy of the existing document, or an abstract of the document (not to exceed 3 pages in an 8.5 by 11 format), in lieu of making your own set of rules or penalties.
RESOURCES - Solicit information from adminstrators at the institution where you teach and have those administrators review all rules and penalties you develop. Visit the library and/or use an online search engine to look for information on "assertive discipline." Take a look at Fred Fudrucker's WA1 Example to see what a correctly formatted WA1 written report should look like.