Discipline To Promote Responsibility & Learning

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Articles from Discipline Answers

Discipline Answers provides support to educators and parents using Dr. Marvin Marshall’s DISCIPLINE without STRESS approach to promote self-discipline and responsible behavior.


A study about choice and personal responsibility

I've just enjoyed reading an excellent thought-provoking book published in 2013, titled Mind over Medicine, written by Lissa Rankin MD. In one section of the book, Dr. Rankin shares an experiment conducted by social scientists.  They were curious … Read More …

Curiosity: A strategy for encouraging students to attend

When I was in high school I had an English teacher who used a very simple strategy to interest and motivate students.  It didn't take much time or effort on his part and was just a simple thing, but it was enough to get me to want to attend his class … Read More …

A procedure for getting preschoolers to try new foods

A few days ago I was in a restaurant having lunch.  Next to me was a young mom also having lunch, accompanied by her lovely little preschooler.  As their meal was ending, I noticed the mom lift a spoonful of something uneaten from her daughter's … Read More …

I need a letter to send home to parents about Discipline without Stress.

QUESTION: Does anyone have a letter communicate to parents about Discipline without Stress? RESPONSE: Here is one letter that was shared by a Kindergarten teacher in Memphis and is based on the outline Dr. Marshall provides in his book.  It … Read More …

Do “enforceable statements” fit with Discipline without Stress?

QUESTION: I was thinking today about the “enforceable statements” that Love and Logic is big on using.  At first, I was thinking that I might use their statements in my Discipline without Stress teaching but now I'm wondering.  I’d like another … Read More …

An online explanation of Discipline without Stress

Dr. Marshall recently brought teacher attention to a youtube lecture highlighting the third part of his Discipline without Stress Teaching Model, The Raise Responsibility System. As many university instructors do these days, Joe Jerles posted this … Read More …

My students are messy. How can I get them to clean up?

Question: My class is so messy!  They leave trash everywhere and it takes them forever to clean up after centers, or art time or snack!  How do you get kids to clean up?   They will eventually clean it up because I keep telling them over and over, … Read More …

Do you think I did the right thing?

QUESTION: I am an art teacher at an elementary school. I have three 4th grade classes that are usually difficult to manage. I have recently asked a guest artist to come and do a Jackson Pollock lesson with them. She is supplying all the paint and … Read More …

Competition in Medical School

Just yesterday I sat listening, mouth wide open, as my dentist and his assistant chatted and worked on my teeth.  At one point their conversation turned to family and they updated each other on the lives of their respective children.  The dental … Read More …

Do self-imposed consequences provide a way for children to avoid taking responsibility?

QUESTION: What if a child chooses something as a consequence, that is in his/her own mind, nothing more than a way of getting out of trouble?  Although Dr. Marshall's book has validated my beliefs on how to treat children, I do feel that in this … Read More …