Discipline to Promote Responsibility & Learning

Dr. Marvin Marshall’s Blog

Parenting Young Children – A very successful technique

When I ask parents of young children if they ever say "No" to their children, I always receive an affirmative answer. "Of course."After all, isn't it natural to teach young children that they can't have evrything they want?Yes, young people need to learn that they cannot get every thing they want. The question is, however, how do you communicate this while at the same time not not having the child develop negative … [Read more...]

Promote a Positive Mindset in Youth

One of the great approaches to successful living is to develop the art of prompting positive mindsets.For example, suppose I lay a plank on the ground. Almost anyone could easily walk on the plank from one end to the other. But if I were to raise the plank 20 feet off the ground, how many people do you think would get across it without falling? I would guess quite a few people would fall off the plank.Why can people walk … [Read more...]

Instructional Planning for Teachers

Many teachers have misinterpreted Madeline Hunter's instructional planning suggestions.Over the years Madeline Hunter’s lesson planning model has come under some criticism mainly because of faulty interpretation in how the approach was supposed to be used. Themodel has been incorrectly perceived as an inflexible recipe or cookbook approach to lesson planning. That is, if all the ingredients are not included and used in … [Read more...]

Learning Education by Inviteing Students to Learn

Do students care about learning? The answer: It depends.The adage is true: Students don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Most teachers do not realize that their success depends on good relationships and motivation.Teachers extend invitations to learning when they create curiosity, desire, and challenge. Students think of themselves as classroom contributors when they share their ideas. When students … [Read more...]

Control versus Influence

Are you focused on controlling youth or influencing them? If you experience much stress when interacting with children, chances are that you are trying to control them. Because controllees have low motivation to carry out decisions IMPOSED on them, as scores of research have documented, enforcement is both difficult and time-consuming. This is very evident in schools where teachers spend so much classroom time “playing … [Read more...]

Discipline in Schools by Using Influence

"Listen up!" is an effective phrase to getting attention. Obtaining attention is the first step in influencing others for any reason—including changing behavior and improving self-discipline.We tend to think of smooth talkers as having the most influence on others. Although the gift of gab is a nice characteristic, being a good listener provides even more of an advantage. In a study from the Journal of Research in … [Read more...]

Bullying in Schools

A Pennsylvania teenager was convicted of disorderly conduct after using his iPad to film his alleged tormentors harassing him at school.According to a transcript of the court hearing obtained by the The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the teen said he made the seven-minute recording "because I always felt like it wasn't me being heard." He said classmates bullied him daily over a period of several months.The bullied teen's … [Read more...]

Reflect on Your Daily Choices

Are you acting REFLEXIVELY or REFLECTIVELY? Consider this scenario: You are at home and the telephone rings. You answer it. Assume for a moment that you are NOT familiar withchoice-response thinking (something discussed at length in various blog posts). If I were to query you why you answered the phone, most would say, in one way or another, that the phone was a stimulus and answering it was the response.Now, let’s assume … [Read more...]

The Best Question to Encourage Learning

Asking, “Why?” is an INeffective question when it relates to behavior. For example, the answer to asking a young person, “Why are you doing that?” will prompt answers such as, “I don’t know” or an excuse, such as, “I have ADD.”In contrast, asking a student, “Why are you LEARNING that?” and receiving a similar response, “I don’t know,” is a reflection on the teacher, not on the student.Sharing the “why” for something you … [Read more...]

Chores for Children

Let’s assume your child has a number of things to do and is lackadaisical about doing them. You remind the youngster—to no avail. Time passes. Another reminder is forthcoming with the same result.Rather than become increasingly stressed, have a chat. The conversation will revolve around those things that are to be done by the youngster. After listing them, establish a procedure for each—VERY SPECIFIC procedures.For … [Read more...]