Discipline to Promote Responsibility & Learning


Dr. Marvin Marshall’s Blog

How to Deal with Students Who Lie

Lying is a common source of discipline problems in schools. Often, students lie to protect/defend themselves. Regardless of the reason for the lying, teachers want to know how to stop it from occurring. A foundational characteristic of the Raise Responsibility System is that the deed is separated from the doer, the act from the actor, a good person from an inappropriate or wrong action. Therefore, reference is NOT made … [Read more...]

Classroom Discipline Success Story

Since so many teachers have problems with classroom discipline, the following is shared to help teachers with discipline problems. (Italics have been added.) I'm a 9th grade high school teacher in Long Beach, CA. You and I spoke on the phone about a year ago. Most of us grew up with the old 'rules and consequences' model, so I naturally followed it when I became a teacher 21 years ago. Now I don't know whether our … [Read more...]

Making Change Less Difficult

When teachers and parents first learn about the Discipline Without Stress approach, they are eager to give it a try. But as with any change in life, they soon think that changing their teaching, parenting, or discipline style is too difficult. In reality, change of any type is not difficult; it just feels difficult because it is different from what we are accustomed to doing. If you’re accustomed to imposing punishments, … [Read more...]

Teachers Sink or Swim

In the October 7, 2014 issue of Education Week Teacher, Larry Ferlazzo has a series of articles entitled: Letting Student Teachers 'Sink or Swim' Is 'Not Permissible' Unfortunately the same can be said for first year teachers. The teaching profession has long used a sink or swim philosophy and will continue to do so because of the very nature of education courses. Teachers of classroom management (more accurately … [Read more...]

The Discipline of Happiness

Have you noticed that many parents, teachers, and students these days seem unhappy? Have you also noticed a rise in classroom discipline? Does unhappiness cause students to act out and adults to respond with traditional and ineffective discipline techniques? Well, I assert that we all have a moral responsibility to be happy. We owe it to our spouse or partner, our fellow workers, our children, our students, our … [Read more...]

Schools and Democracy

If schools were democracies, what would change? was the topic of an interview between Deborah Meier and Leo Casey of the Albert Shanker Institute on October 7, 2014 in Education Week. The article states,"I'm constantly amazed at how utopian people think the idea of the school being some form of real democracy is.  I think that underlying this troubling suspicion about democracy's efficacy is due to miseducation, plus a … [Read more...]

Classroom Discipline and Inappropriate Language

It seems that in today’s world, many classroom discipline issues revolve around students using foul language. If you’ve ever dealt with this problem, you have likely realized that traditional discipline techniques do virtually nothing to stop it from reoccurring. Therefore, here’s what I suggest teachers do. First, discuss the words “appropriate” and “inappropriate.” For example, pajamas are not worn to school, you no … [Read more...]

Get Students Interested in Learning

One major source of classroom discipline is dealing with students who have no interest in learning. In their frustration, many teachers resort to implementing rewards (bribes) to gain students’ attention, or they use imposed punishments (detention, extra homework, etc.) in the hopes that the youth will take learning seriously. Here’s a better approach and one that doesn’t involve any stressful classroom discipline … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Improving Your Relationships

Here are five suggestions for improving relationships—with youth and adults alike. First, give affirmations. A simple acknowledgement can have dramatic results. This is especially important with young people. They want to assert their independence and autonomy. Just acknowledging that you have heard their point of view, regardless of agreement, can have a profound effect on how your growing young one feels about the … [Read more...]

Classroom Discipline Mistakes

Why continue to use approaches that are brain-antagonistic? Learning requires inspirational motivation, and most current discipline practices violate approaches recommended by authorities such as Stephen Covey, W. Edwards Deming, William Glasser, Eric Jensen, and Harry Wong. Here are 12 commonly used practices that are not effective enough with today's youth. Some are so counterproductive that they actually exacerbate … [Read more...]