Discipline to Promote Responsibility & Learning

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Success and Positivity

Human nature is based on a deficit model—to fix what is wrong. In a very real sense, our attention is geared at fixing others. For example, after a meeting with teachers, the student said to his mother, “Why didn’t they talk more about my social studies—what I am good at instead of what I am… Read More »

Get Children to Take Ownership

All parents and teachers want children to keep their end of agreements. For example, if a child says he will take out the garbage, the parent expects that’s what will happen. If a student says she will do her homework, the teacher expects her to follow through. When the youth doesn’t do what he or… Read More »

Positivity Builds Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is a person’s sense of self-worth and is manifested in large part by a person’s self-talk. One of the advantages researchers report about positive self-talk is that it encourages persistence—a key characteristic for success. Negative self-talk creates a negative mindset that can lead to avoiding failure rather than reaching for success. The more young… Read More »

Discipline and Fairness

Maintaining order in your classroom or your home is critical. As you do so, though, never forget this basic truth about discipline: Children do not mind a tough teacher (or parent) but they despise an unfair one. Being unfair can run the gamut from imposing a harsh punishment one day and a lenient one the… Read More »

Recess and Discipline

I recently read an article in The Atlantic about teaching in Finland. In the piece, an American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom. In Finland, teachers send kids outside—rain or shine—for a 15-minute break after every 45 minutes… Read More »

Discipline and Tenure

The Los Angeles Times reported on July 1, 2014 that, according to a poll conducted by a Stanford-based research center and the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, California parents support weakening teacher job protections that were the subject of a high profile trial in Los Angeles. The lawsuit (which is on appeal)… Read More »

Common Core Losing Support Among California Voters

According to the annual PACE/USC Rossier School of Education poll, which questioned more than 1,000 California voters, residents of the state are having second thoughts about the Common Core State Standards. The poll revealed that only 32 percent of respondents supported the implementation of the Common Core Standards, while 42 percent opposed it. What’s interesting… Read More »

Washington D.C. Suspends Using Test Scores for Teacher Evaluations

Chancellor Kaya Henderson, head the of the District of Columbia public school system, recently announced that the district would suspend the practice of using student test scores to evaluate teacher performance while students adjust to new tests based on the Common Core standards. The District of Columbia public school system was one of the first… Read More »

Rewards Lead to Increased Discipline Issues

Have you ever noticed that the more behavior problems a child has, the more “rewards” they ultimately end up with? This may sound odd, because they certainly end up with a larger share of negative consequences too, but in reality, they get more rewards. A child who always does the right thing does not need… Read More »

Consulting, Discipline, and Relationships

When most people think of “consulting,” they envision a business scenario—something very corporate. But did you know that consulting can help on a personal level too, especially in terms of discipline and relationships? After recently presenting to a number businesses, schools, and parent groups and listening to so many complaints, I feel an obligation to… Read More »