Lesson 1- Definitions and Comparisons

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  • Learners will read and understand important terms for this mini-course.
  • Learners will recall the classroom management model
  • Learners will compare and contrast discipline and punishment

Learning Content:

Important Terms-

  • Behavior Management- It is important for teachers to have clear rules and expectations for students to follow (Reinke, et. al, 2013).
  • Discipline- When a child is given rewards and consequences for their behavior (Sadruddin, 2012).
  • Punishment-Focuses on reducing unwanted behaviors followed by a stimulus (Sadruddin, 2012)
  • Positive Reinforcement- behavior is maintained by rewards(Sadruddin, 2012)
  • Negative Reinforcement- behavior is followed by removal of something(Sadruddin, 2012)


Cosgrave (n.d)

An effective model of classroom management is the Skinnerian model of discipline:

  • Behavior is followed by using consequences (Sadruddin,2012)
  • Behavior is kept by using reinforcement (Sadruddin,2012)


To increase your understanding of the differences of positive and negative reinforcement, please construct a diagram of the differences and submit by Google doc.


Cosgrave, Gavin. (n.d). Negative Reinforcement. Educate Autism Tools to Help you Teach.


Sadruddin, M. M. (2012). Discipline - Improving Classroom Management through Action Research: A Professional Development Plan. Journal Of Managerial Sciences, 6(1), 23-42.


If objectives have been met move on to lesson 2:

Lesson 2- Strategies and Examples

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