Discipline to Promote Responsibility & Learning

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Evidence that the Discipline Without Stress Teaching Model Works

This past Sunday (April 20, 2014), the highly-rated 60 Minutes TV program highlighted the Excellent Boys Charter School in Brooklyn, New York. This school uses a similar approach to what Marva Collins developed in Chicago. Both schools have high expectations, empower their students, and do not allow victimhood thinking—exactly what I will show teachers how… Read More »

Is a Treat the Same as a Reward?

Many teachers and parents who read and implement Discipline Without Stress and Parenting Without Stress often ask if giving children a treat once in a while is the same as giving them a reward. Here’s a useful distinction to keep in mind: Rewards are always tied to some condition, whereas treats are given unconditionally. In… Read More »

Bullying and Law Enforcement

I recently read a news article about a Pennsylvania teenager who was convicted of disorderly conduct after using his iPad to film his tormentors who were bullying him at school. The boy claimed to have been bullied for several months by a certain group of kids. Each time he complained to the school about the… Read More »

Key Points about the Discipline Without Stress Hierarchy

Before implementing Discipline Without Stress in their classroom, many teachers ask me, “What are the most important things I should know or review before getting started?” Keeping the four-part Discipline Without Stress Teaching Model in mind, here are some critical understandings with regard to the Hierarchy of Social Development: Levels A and B are always… Read More »

More Wasted Education Reform Money in Los Angeles Schools

The front page of the Los Angeles Times on April 9, 2014 featured a huge photo of 375 empty student desks, which represented the 375 students who drop out of the district’s schools each and every week. To reduce this drop-out rate, the superintendent of the district is asking for $837 million for a number… Read More »

What to Do When Students Expect Rewards

In many classrooms across the country, teachers utilize the “colored card,” “stickers,” or “treasure chest” method of classroom discipline. Those who want to implement the Discipline Without Stress methodology wonder if it’s possible when the children are used to being rewarded so much. Sound familiar? The good news is that you can implement Discipline Without… Read More »

Does Discipline Without Stress Really Reduce Stress?

People often ask, “Does the Discipline Without Stress model really reduce stress? How is this possible?” Here’s my usual reply: None of the three phases of this discipline approach—teaching, asking, or eliciting—prompts stress on the part of the teacher (or the student). When a student misbehaves, the USUAL discipline approach is to tell, threaten, and/or… Read More »

The 3 Practices of Successful Teachers

Successful teachers have acquired certain habits that enable them to be more effective with their students. By doing so, the teacher gains more influence with their students, which results in the students making better decisions and choices all on their own, thus reducing discipline issues. Here are the 3 practices of successful teachers, which is… Read More »

How to Turn Praise into Acknowledgment

Most people were raised hearing praise statements, and now that they are adults they give praise to their children and students today. However, as is discussed in Discipline Without Stress and Parenting Without Stress, acknowledgments are far better than praise. But how do you turn off the urge to praise? How do you turn praise… Read More »

A Calm Approach to Discipline

I recently read a story about a woman whose job is to help difficult teens in the foster care system “settle down” so they can successfully function in a regular family. She has a unique method of working with the teens that, as others say, seems to “work miracles” with these difficult youths. I was… Read More »