Discipline to Promote Responsibility & Learning

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Dr. Marvin Marshall’s Blog

William Glasser’s Biography

A fascinating biography about William Glasser has recently been published. William Glasser, M.D. was a renowned psychiatrist and author of many books including Schools without Failure, Choice Theory, and Reality Therapy. Dr. Glasser made major contributions to the fields of therapy, mental health, and education. His particular contribution to teaching were classroom meetings and having young people responsible for their … [Read more...]

Develop the Discipline of Self-Reflection

Children learn by example. What they see you do on a daily basis is what they will do in life as well. Therefore, in order to promote responsibility in youth, all adults need to develop the discipline of self-reflection. Self-reflection focuses on looking inward—how to control passions, redirect impulses, restrain oneself from temptation, monitor one’s ego, assess the balance between the amount of time devoted to … [Read more...]

Resolve Sibling Fights

Siblings are prone to bickering and fighting. Sometimes, however, the fighting gets out of hand and becomes excessively physical. When this occurs, it’s common for each sibling to have a very different version of how the incident started, making disciplining either of them very difficult and unfair. As a parent, how can you stop sibling fighting, and how can you get the children to respect each other (and you) again? How … [Read more...]

Points on Level C Behavior

A teacher new to the Discipline Without Stress methodology asked me a clarification question about explaining Level C behavior to children. As she said, “I have a hard time trying to explain to kids that this level is acceptable ... BUT WATCH OUT ... it might not be! This is what I’m not sure how to handle. I know it’s best if the hierarchy is simple and easy to understand because then using it is straight forward, but … [Read more...]

Schools as Democracies

If Schools Were Democracies, What Would Change? was the topic of  a recent conversation between Deborah Meier and Leo Casey of the Albert Shanker Institute in Education Week. The essence of the discussion follows: Some people think that schools should be some form of democracy. People who believe schools should be democratic (as in democratic classrooms) often lack experience working in democratic institutions because … [Read more...]

Classroom Discipline on NPR

On October 17, 2014 National Public Radio (NPR) aired a podcast about Classroom Discipline on their program, This American Life. The program shared stories about parents and schools struggling with what to do about misbehaving kids from three (3) years-of-age to high school students. This article discusses three of the incidents. In the first story, four teachers were asked to confront a student who would not take his … [Read more...]

Living is an Art

I came across the following advice that I shared in my newsletter over a decade ago. Its message is still applicable today. And while it requires much self-discipline to practice it, the rewards are worth it. Living is an art, and we have a responsibility to enjoy it. An artist cannot be continually wielding the paintbrush. The painter must stop at times to freshen the vision of the object, the meaning of which the … [Read more...]

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...]