Discipline to Promote Responsibility & Learning

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Dr. Marvin Marshall’s Blog

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 unacceptable. Choosing to act (either consciously or … [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 of projects, including: More tutoring and greater access to counselors and other services for 11,600 foster … [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 Stress effectively even if the other staff members at your … [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 punish. Each of these approaches is coercive and often … [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 from Part Two of the Discipline Without Stress Teaching Model: 1.  Word … [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 into productive comments that encourage and acknowledge all who are choosing to do the right … [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 amazed at how similar her approach is to the Discipline Without Stress methodology. Here’s what she does: She said that in … [Read more...]

Discipline Positively

Positivity—thinking and communicating in positive terms—works wonders in drawing others toward us and having them do what we would like them to do. This is as true today and it was generations ago. In fact, I recently read an interesting story that depicts an ancient form of what I would call “discipline positivity.” In the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the … [Read more...]

How to Tell Others that You Don’t Use Rewards

Teachers often ask me how they can explain to their peers that they are not using rewards in the classroom any longer. Some are even fearful of the conversation. After all, it seems that so many teachers and parents rely on rewards and punishments as their preferred discipline methods. If you’re experiencing this concern, here’s how one teacher overcame it. Her experience is very insightful and may inspire you to do the … [Read more...]

A Sneak Peak at the Discipline Online Seminar

I’m in the final stages of completing and getting ready to launch my new online learning program: the DisciplineOnline Seminar. The program consists of 54 modules—short, specific, and designed to be implemented immediately. I created it for teachers of any grade level to give you the tools and techniques you need to successfully implement the Discipline Without Stress approach in your classroom. I’ll share more about … [Read more...]