I’ve written a lot about Marvin Marshall’s positive classroom management advice.
Here are a couple of his recent posts that I think are particularly good to reflect on as we begin a new year:
One is titled Relationships Reduce Discipline Problems. It emphasizes the importance of relationships and shares a number of questions we should ask ourselves. Here’s a small sampling:
Dr. Phelps Wilkins, former long-time principal at Eisenhower School in Mesa, Arizona, shared with me some questions he asked the staff to think about in their relationships with students, particularly those that require frequent discipline. As you read them, think about your most challenging youth.
Through my behavior:
◾Does this child know he is safe with me no matter what happens—that he will never be ridiculed, put down, or made to feel small?
◾Has this child experienced success in some meaningful manner on a regular basis in my classroom?
◾Is the youngster developing a feeling of confidence?
His other post has the title Motivation and Discipline.
In it, he briefly discusses three ways to help engage students: creating curiosity, creating desire, and providing encouragement.
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