Thursday, January 12, 2012

Authoritative vs. Authoritarian Classroom Management


Here is a link to introduce a good resource that I recommend Introduction to 1-2-3 Magic for Teachers. In the book it explains the difference between Authoritative Teaching style and the Authoritarian style. The Authoritative style is the ideal and is portrayed when the professional "has a positive, kind and supportive relationship with her students but they know when she 'means business.'.. Because she has an effective discipline plan and her classroom is orderly, the students trust her and respect her." (1-2-3 Magic for Teachers, page 26). On the other hand, the not so desired personality to lead a classroom is the Authoritarian professional who "is quick to 'jump' on each and every behaviour that is not acceptable in the classroom. Warmth, support and positive reinforcement, however, are rare." (1-2-3 Magic for Teachers, page 24).

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