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February 2, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management

Regular readers know that in the fall I began a new feature called “Interview of The Month” where I interviewed various people in the education world about whom I wanted to learn more. You can see read those interviews here.

This month, my guest is Marvin Marshall, author of the influential education book “Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards” and the newer book “Parenting Without Stress.”

I’ve often quoted Marvin in this blog. His ideas on positive classroom management have been a huge influence on my classroom practice. I’d strongly encourage people to subscribe to his blog, How To Promote Responsiblity & Learning.

Here’s our interview:

You’ve been advocating for a more positive approach towards classroom management for quite awhile. What got you thinking about it originally, and how would you summarize it in a few sentences?

We now know how the brain operates as it relates to emotions. First come the cognition (input from our senses) and is immediately connected to the senses. For example, receive a compliment and you feel good. Be criticized and you feel bad. People do NOT do good when they feel bad. They do what you would like them to do when you communicate in positive terms. It is really quite simple: Let people know what you WOULD LIKE them to do, not want you do not want them to do.

What might be three key guidelines that a teacher could keep in mind, or on a small index card, to help remind him/her to stay more positive in the classroom?

1. Ask yourself, if the person hearing your communication will interpret what you say in positive terms.

2. Ask yourself, “Will the person feel as if I am using coercion in any way?”

3. Ask yourself, “What can I ask so that the person will feel that I am I am giving a choice and that I am prompting the person to reflect?

What are a few ways you think your perspective on positive classroom management distinguishes itself from many of the other “systems” that are out there?

I have a number of them that are listed here.

However, if I were to limit them to two, here they are:

1. I don’t relay on rules. Rules are used to control, not inspire. I use the term “Responsibilities” because I want to promote responsibility and this term raises expectations–something that relying on “rules” lacks.

2. Imposing punishments–especially imposing the same consequence on all parties–is unfair and counterproductive. ELICITING a procedure or a consequence from each participant is more fair, less stressful, and more productive for all.

You’ve done a fair amount of speaking to teachers in other countries. How would you describe the differences — if any — between how teachers in the U.S. tend to look at classroom management compared to those around the world?

Teachers in many other countries have more time to spend with each other in lesson planning. As a result, they focus on motivation and ways to have students WANT to put in effort in learning. Teachers in the U.S. are allowed little if any of their employment time (as are college professors) to plan lessons. They focus on what they (or the government) want to be taught and focus on teaching that curriculum–with hardly any time devoted to motivation. Teachers just expect that it is the students’ responsibility to learn what has been presented to them.

What are a few key mistakes do you think teachers tend to make around classroom management?

1. They ASSUME students know what the teacher wants the students to do WITHOUT first modeling, practicing, and reinforcing the procedure to do what is being taught.

2. They confuse classroom management (teaching procedures to make instruction efficient) and discipline (how students behave.)

3. They assume that discipline is naturally negative. It’s not. The best discipline is the type that the person doesn’t even realize that the person is being disciplined.

What are some of the most useful things you’ve learned recently, and how did you learn them?

1. That coercion in any form is counterproductive.

2. That any one can learn the skill of asking reflective question that inspire self-reflection.

Is there anything else you’d like to share that I haven’t asked you about?

Understand that no one can change another person. People change themselves. And that the least effective way to have a person want to change is by using commonly-used approaches such as relying on rules and using coercion.

You can purchase Marvin’s books here and also learn of how schools can obtain free copies, a resource guide, and a DVD.

June 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016 – So Far

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I continue my mid-year “The Best…” lists…

I’ll be adding this post to All Mid-Year 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

You might want to explore The Best Resources On Class Instruction – 2015, too.  I’ll be publishing a mid-year 2016 edition of that series soon.

The title of this “The Best…” list is pretty self-explanatory. What you’ll find here are blog posts and articles this year (some written by me, some by others) that were, in my opinion, the ones that offered the best practical advice and resources to teachers this year — suggestions that can help teachers become more effective in the classroom today or tomorrow. Some, however, might not appear on the surface to fit that criteria, but those, I think, might offer insights that could (should?) inform our teaching practice everyday.

For many, the headlines provide enough of an idea of the topic and I haven’t included any further description.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2010

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2009

In addition, you might find these useful:

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice In 2011

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2010

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2009

Here are my choices for The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2016- So Far:

Here’s a piece I wrote for The Washington Post:  Teacher: What happened when my students’ behavior took a ‘major turn for the worse’

I’ve got to include my BAM! Radio shows and my Education Week Teacher advice column.

“Grit” is all over the news lately, and I’ve previously shared a number of related resources (see The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit”). In fact, there’s been so much written about it, sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start or who to believe. But that won’t be a problem anymore because Dan Willingham has clearly written the best (and most accessible) analysis of grit that I have seen – and, believe me, I’ve seen a lot of them! (and this is one day after he gave the best advice you’ll see on students listening to music in the classroom!). It’s in this summer’s issue of the American Educator under the title of “Grit” Is Trendy, but Can It Be Taught? and it’s freely available online. He provides an excellent analysis of the research, along with reviewing common critiques.

The Best Videos About The Importance Of Practice – Help Me Find More

It’s been awhile since I shared this resource – a full (and free) downloadable chapter from my book, Helping Student Motivate Themselves. And it’s titled What Are the Best Things You Can Do to Maximize the Chances of a Lesson Being Successful? In addition to being useful to teachers, I have my IB Theory of Knowledge students read it in preparation for the lessons that they periodically teach their classmates.

The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names

The Best Resources About “Culturally Responsive Teaching” & “Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy” – Please Share More!

I’ve published many useful resources on the musical Hamilton (see The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”). But I don’t thing anything is as engaging as the new Wall Street Journal’s feature, How does ‘Hamilton,’ the non stop, hip-hop Broadway sensation tap rap’s master rhymes to blur musical lines? The multimedia piece compares Hamilton lyrics with those of other musicals and hip hop artists. The kicker is that you can paste your own lyrics in and the site will analyze them for rhymes and repetitions.

Calm Down, Everybody – Group Work & Class Discussions Can Work Just Fine

Updated: Here Are The Sites I’m Using For My Summer School “Virtual Classroom”

“FoxType” Looks Like A Very Versatile Writing Site

How My University Students Evaluated Me Spring Semester

I’ve previously posted about ReadWorks as a source of excellent reading passages for use in classes (see “ReadWorks.org” Looks Like A Good Source Of Free Reading Passages For Social Studies). They recently unveiled ReadWorks Digital, a free site where teachers can create virtual classrooms for students to interact with their excellent texts online, including digital assessments.

Education Week has just published one of their typically excellent special reports, and the title of this one is Next Draft: Changing Practices In Writing Instruction. It’s composed of eight separate articles, including “As Teachers Tackle New Student-Writing Expectations, Support Is Lacking,” “Remodeling the Workshop: Lucy Calkins on Writing Instruction Today,” and “Students in My Math Classes Next Year Will Do a Lot of Writing. Here’s Why.” I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

“Bloom’s Taxonomy According To The Big Bang Theory”

I have pinned over  16,500 visual resources on my Pinterest Boards, and over 9,500 of them are ones I haven’t shared here on my blog or on Twitter. You might find some of them useful…

I have often shared classroom management advice from Marvin Marshall, and he wrote another gem recently:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

The “Constraints Principle” Revisited

Good Advice On How To “Outsmart Your Next Angry Outburst”

How to create digital homework that students love is an excellent “how-to” post about using TED-Ed with students.

The Best Links For Helping Students Learn How To Write “Leads” or “Ledes”

The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills

Here’s How My Students Taught Their Classmates A Social Studies Unit – Handouts Included

There’s a lot of food for thought in Tim Shanahan’s post, Should I Set Reading Purposes for My Students?

The Peace Corps has a nice collection of lesson plans for all subjects — they’re not about the Peace Corps, but are lesson plans they and their volunteers developed for teaching around the world. I wouldn’t say they’re the most sophisticated ones around, but many seem to offer some interesting perspectives you won’t find elsewhere. Because of that “freshness,” I’m adding it to The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.

Why Teachers Need To Know The Wrong Answers is an intriguing story over at NPR.

Harvard Business Review Criticizes Trump’s Negotiating Skills & Provides Excellent Classroom Management Advice At Same Time

Kevin Durant On “Hard Work” & How I’m Using It In Class

The Secret of Effective Feedback is the lead article in the new issue of ASCD Educational Leadership, and may be the best article you’ll ever read on giving effective feedback to students. It’s certainly the best piece I’ve ever read. And, it’s not behind a paywall! It’s filled with numerous insights and very practical suggestions – a number that I haven’t read anywhere else. I’m certainly adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students.

I’ve previously written in my books and here on my blog about writing scaffolds like “ABC” (Answer the Question; Back it up; make a Comment/Connection) or “PQC” format (Point/Quote/Connect). You can see Here’s An Example Of How I Scaffold A Short Writing Prompt for more details. Teacher Meghan Everette recently wrote an excellent post on Scholastic about her school’s version of this kind of scaffold, which they call “RACE” (Restate, Answer, Cite the Source, Explain/Examples). In her post, Responding to Text: How to Get Great Written Answers, she shares helpful examples. I’m adding this info to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning About “Deeper Learning”

The Best Resources On Student Agency & How To Encourage It

Adam Grant On Failure & How I’m Using What He Says In Class

New Study Reviews 25 Years Of Research Into What Helps Students Graduate – Here’s What They Found

What Are Creative & Effective Ways You’ve Used Multiple Choice Exercises?

Guest Post: “Walk & Talks” Are Extremely Effective Way To Connect With Students – Here’s A “How-To” Guide

Short & Simple Writing Prompt On Effort & Perseverance

Do Your Students Slouch Back In Their Chairs? Here’s A Writing Prompt On It I’m Using In Class

The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do

Thoughtful Learning has a great collection of model texts in multiple genres and grade levels. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement, where you can find other collections of writing examples.

New “Open eBooks” App Unveiled By White House Looks Like A HUGE Benefit To Students & Schools

Student Instructions For How They Can Create A Cloze (Gap-Fill)

I Did A Presentation Today On The Concept Attainment Instructional Strategy – Here Are My Materials

The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

How My Students Evaluated Me This Semester

Here’s An Example Of How I Scaffold A Short Writing Prompt

Here’s What My Students Think Of A Growth Mindset

I Did My Best Job Teaching A “Growth Mindset” Today – Here’s The Lesson Plan

“Ask A REL” Archives Are Some Of The Most Accessible Education Research Sites Around…

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of Prior Knowledge (& How To Activate It)

 

February 13, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far and The Best Resources On Class Instruction – 2015.

Here are this week’s picks:

What Do We Mean When We Ask Learners to Think? is from Teach Learn Grow.

Asking “Why” Questions Does Not Improve Behavior is from Marvin Marshall. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

How Feedback Can Be More Kid-Friendly is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use).

TEACHING PROBLEMS OR TEACHING MATHEMATICS is by David Wees.

Homework: What does the Hattie research actually say? is from Head Guru Teacher. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

I’m adding these two tweets to The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More:

October 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

“Getting Gritty with It.” is from The Wellington Learning and Research Centre and is really quite good. The study makes a good connection between grit, growth mindset and metacognition. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit.”

Speaking of grit, I’m adding this video to the same list:

Experiment Tests If Teacher-Student Relationship Helps Performance is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students

What To Do When Your School Mandates PBIS is a very interesting post by Marvin Marshall.

Walton Family Foundation Invests in Research on Measuring Grit, Character is from Ed Week, and I get worried about whatever I see them funding….

June 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s picks:

30+ Formative Assessment Strategies is from EduChalkboard. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment.

10 PowerPoint Tips for Teachers is from Tekhnologic. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations.

Influence Youth is a great short story from Marvin Marshall that offers good advice to teachers everywhere.

June 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: A Corollary To The Best Piece Of Classroom Management Advice I’ve Heard

I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion the best piece of classroom management advice I’ve ever heard. It’s from Marvin Marshall, who wrote:

Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer or will it push me away farther from the person with whom I am communicating?

Here’s a corollary to it that appeared in The New York Times yesterday, and which was highlighted in a tweet by Dan Pink this morning:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

June 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Questions To Help With Positive Classroom Management

I’ve written a lot about positive classroom management writer/thinker Marvin Marshall.

He’s just written a post sharing a long list of questions teachers can keep in their back pocket to ask students who could be making better choices in class.

Here are a few, but you want to go to his blog to read all of them:

• Is this going to get you what you want?
• Is this going to move you forward or backward?
• What can I do to help you?
• Are you going to let this (situation, person, problem, setback, disappointment etc.) hold you back?
• Are you going to be able to rise above this _______ (situation, disappointment, etc.)?
• Look at _______’s face. How is he/she feeling right now as a result of (what you have done/said)?

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

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