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Dr. Marvin Marshall’s Blog

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...]

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...]