Common Questions and Answers from Educators

- A Quick Summary of the Raise Responsibility System - More and more people are learning about the Discipline Without Stress methodology and the Raise Responsibility System every day. For those experienced with the approach, as well as for those new to it, here’s a quick summary of how the Raise Responsibility system Read More

#### The Teaching Model:

- Can Discipline without Stress be used with young children?
- I need a letter to send home to parents about Discipline without Stress.
- I’m not sure that this discipline approach is “simple to implement!”
- Isn’t DWS very similar to Love and Logic?

#### General Questions:

- An online explanation of Discipline without Stress
- Are the level letters confusing to students?
- Can Discipline without Stress be used with young children?
- Can I use DWS with Grade 5’s?
- Do “enforceable statements” fit with Discipline without Stress?
- Help! I’m expected to post rules, consequences and rewards!
- How can I get all my students to Level D?
- How does this discipline system reduce stress?
- I am trying to use Discipline without Stress but my students will not listen to me!
- I have some parents who don’t like that “D” behavior is better than “A.”
- I’m a bit put off by the “reverse A-D system.”
- I’m not sure that this discipline approach is “simple to implement!”
- Is giving grades discouraged in this discipline system?
- Is it possible to use both Discipline without Stress AND tallies?
- Most of my students have serious behavior problems.

#### Classroom Mgt:

- What is the difference between classroom management and discipline? - Although related, classroom management and discipline are distinctly different topics. They should not be lumped together as if they were synonymous. Read More

###### Importance of Classroom Mgt:

- In just two weeks, I’m completely overwhelmed with discipline problems!
- The Importance of an Attention Management Signal
- What is the difference between classroom management and discipline?

###### Impulse Control:

###### Procedures in the Classroom:

- A procedure for getting preschoolers to try new foods
- An example of developing procedures proactively to avoid discipline problems.
- Curiosity: A strategy for encouraging students to attend
- Free online posters to teach responsible voice levels
- How can I get immature students to listen and behave themselves?
- How can procedures be used when students misbehave?
- I am trying to use Discipline without Stress but my students will not listen to me!
- Important information to consider when planning/teaching procedures.
- In just two weeks, I’m completely overwhelmed with discipline problems!
- Inattention during our Morning Meeting is causing discipline problems!
- My students are messy. How can I get them to clean up?
- Procedures to Consider
- Rules vs. procedures – Isn’t this just a matter of semantics?
- Sharing the Visual Schedule in my primary classroom
- Teaching Primary students to walk in a line
- Tell me how procedures are used in a discipline situation.
- The Importance of an Attention Management Signal
- The most effective procedures are those that are carefully planned and explicitly taught.
- Using a positive challenge!
- Using Discipline without Stress in Preschool with Students Who Have Special Needs

###### Procedures School-wide:

#### The Three Principles:

- 10-15 students are arriving late – every day!
- A Discipline without Stress Mindset – Misbehavior as an Opportunity to Learn
- A study about choice and personal responsibility
- Can you give me some examples of reflective questions?
- Choice-Response Thinking – In a Poem!
- Developing Positive Teaching Habits in Discipline Situations
- Do you think I did the right thing?
- How can I explain the difference between Level C and D of this discipline system?
- I need help with positivity.
- If discouragement is the problem, then encouragement must be the answer
- It looked like poor behavior!
- Looking for a quote to encourage good choices
- Making learning an option – The “Principle of Choice” at work!
- My students are messy. How can I get them to clean up?
- Nurturing Good Intentions
- One Key Skill All Parents and Teachers Must Master
- Please tell me about the THREE PRINCIPLES of this disicipline approach.
- Reflective Questions
- Role-playing Level C – It’s a good idea!
- Thoughts shared on the success of using the DWS Principles
- Using a positive challenge!
- Using Discipline without Stress to deal with an uncooperative student
- Using DWS to deal with younger siblings visiting in the classroom
- Using positivity in a negative situation
- Using the Discipline without Stress Principle of Reflection to improve spelling.
- Welcoming a new student
- What if a student won’t acknowledge Level B?
- With Discipline, Your Questions Matter
- Would a school pledge fit into the Discipline without Stress approach?

###### Choice:

- A study about choice and personal responsibility
- Choice-Response Thinking – In a Poem!
- How can I explain the difference between Level C and D of this discipline system?
- Looking for a quote to encourage good choices
- Making learning an option – The “Principle of Choice” at work!
- Using Discipline without Stress to deal with an uncooperative student
- Using DWS to deal with younger siblings visiting in the classroom
- Would a school pledge fit into the Discipline without Stress approach?

###### Positivity:

- 10-15 students are arriving late – every day!
- A Discipline without Stress Mindset – Misbehavior as an Opportunity to Learn
- A study about choice and personal responsibility
- Developing Positive Teaching Habits in Discipline Situations
- Do you think I did the right thing?
- I need help with positivity.
- If discouragement is the problem, then encouragement must be the answer
- My students are messy. How can I get them to clean up?
- Nurturing Good Intentions
- Role-playing Level C – It’s a good idea!
- Using a positive challenge!
- Using positivity in a negative situation
- Welcoming a new student

###### Reflection:

- Can you give me some examples of reflective questions?
- I need help with positivity.
- It looked like poor behavior!
- One Key Skill All Parents and Teachers Must Master
- Reflective Questions
- Using Discipline without Stress to deal with an uncooperative student
- Using the Discipline without Stress Principle of Reflection to improve spelling.
- What if a student won’t acknowledge Level B?
- With Discipline, Your Questions Matter

#### The Raise Responsibility System:

###### An Overview:

- A Quick Summary of the Raise Responsibility System
- An online explanation of Discipline without Stress
- Can you give me an overview of how this discipline approach works?
- Do “enforceable statements” fit with Discipline without Stress?

###### Checking for Understanding:

- Can you give me some examples of reflective questions?
- Do all discipline conversations need to be private?
- How do you do this with a whole class?
- Student who passively refuses to answer reflective questions.
- What if a student won’t acknowledge Level B?
- With all these reflective questions, B students are getting all the attention!

###### Connections to Literature:

- Choice-Response Thinking – In a Poem!
- High School/Adult Book – “The Paradoxical Commandments”
- High School/Adult Book- “Everyday Greatness”
- Intermediate/High School – Goal Setting and “The Last Lecture”
- Intermediate/High School Book- “Letters to a Bullied Girl”
- Picture book for all grade levels – “So Close”
- Primary Book – “Hooway for Wodney Wat”
- Primary Book – “The Little Red Hen”
- Primary/Intermediate Book – “Snowflake Bentley”
- Primary/Intermediate Book – “Capyboppy”

###### Guided Choices:

- Developing Positive Teaching Habits in Discipline Situations
- Do “enforceable statements” fit with Discipline without Stress?
- Do self-imposed consequences provide a way for children to avoid taking responsibility?
- How can procedures be used when students misbehave?
- How often should I be eliciting a consequence?
- How to Foster Initiative in Students
- I have an ADHD student who is very disruptive!
- What is a Level B TEACHER?

###### The System in Action:

- Do you think I did the right thing?
- How can I get immature students to listen and behave themselves?
- How can I make the Discipline without Stress levels meaningful to students?
- I am trying to use Discipline without Stress but my students will not listen to me!
- Role-playing Level C – It’s a good idea!
- Sharing My Latest Discipline without Stress Success!
- Some “evidence” that Discipline without Stress really gets kids thinking!
- Tell me how procedures are used in a discipline situation.
- Using a positive challenge!
- Using procedures to gain the cooperation of a passive-aggressive student
- Welcoming a new student

###### Teaching the Hierarchy:

- Are the level letters confusing to students?
- Can the levels be renamed in opposite order?
- Focusing on the positive!
- How can I explain “anarchy?” in the context of this discipline approach?
- How can I explain the difference between Level C and D of this discipline system?
- I’m hoping to find a list of picture books to introduce the four DWS levels.
- Intermediate/High School Book- “Letters to a Bullied Girl”
- Is Discipline without Stress ever implemented in high school?
- Primary Book – “The Little Red Hen”
- Should I start introducing the Hierarchy from A or D?
- What is a Level B TEACHER?

###### Understanding the Hierarchy:

- How can I get all my students to Level D?
- How can I make the Discipline without Stress levels meaningful to students?
- How do students benefit from operating on Level C or D?
- I have some parents who don’t like that “D” behavior is better than “A.”
- I need concrete examples of each level of this discipline system.
- I’m a bit put off by the “reverse A-D system.”
- I’ve come up with my own names for the levels.
- Is Discipline without Stress ever implemented in high school?
- Should I put the kids’ names on the Hierarchy with clothespegs?
- Using A Butterfly Analogy to Explain the Hierarchy
- What are the most important things to understand about the Discipline without Stress Hierarchy?
- What level is an accident?

#### Improving Academics:

- 10-15 students are arriving late – every day!
- Competition in Medical School
- Curiosity: A strategy for encouraging students to attend
- Extending the Discipline without Stress Hierarchy into Learning
- How can I make the Discipline without Stress levels meaningful to students?
- How can I motivate my students to take care in their schoolwork?
- How can I motivate students to take more interest in their own learning?
- How do I deal with a lack of student interest?
- I want to encourage some very low students.
- Is Discipline without Stress ever implemented in high school?
- Making learning an option – The “Principle of Choice” at work!
- Some “evidence” that Discipline without Stress really gets kids thinking!
- Using the Discipline without Stress Principle of Reflection to improve spelling.
- Without rewards, how can I encourage neat work habits?

#### Motivating Students

- How to Foster Initiative in Students - Recently a teacher asked me, “Can we really expect ALL children (even kindergartners) to understand and abide by the Discipline Without Stress’ 4 levels of behavior without ANY rewards?”Here is my reply:YES, but you start by differentiating between ACCEPTABLE levels and UNACCEPTABLE levels. Read More

###### Acknowledgement:

- A not-so-typical Awards Ceremony
- How do I turn off the urge to praise?
- Praising is second nature to me!

###### Competition:

###### Creating Desire:

- 10-15 students are arriving late – every day!
- A study about choice and personal responsibility
- Curiosity: A strategy for encouraging students to attend
- Extending the Discipline without Stress Hierarchy into Learning
- How can I make the Discipline without Stress levels meaningful to students?
- How do I teach students to ignore a misbehaving classmate?
- Intermediate/High School – Goal Setting and “The Last Lecture”
- Making learning an option – The “Principle of Choice” at work!
- My students are messy. How can I get them to clean up?
- Nurturing Good Intentions
- Some “evidence” that Discipline without Stress really gets kids thinking!
- Using DWS to deal with younger siblings visiting in the classroom
- Using the Discipline without Stress Principle of Reflection to improve spelling.
- Without rewards, how can I encourage neat work habits?

###### Rewarding:

- Are “sticker plans” compatible with the Discipline without Stress approach?
- Are all class incentives discouraged in this discipline approach?
- At my school, students receive “Duck Bucks” for behaving. How can I distribute these bucks without using them as rewards?
- Do you think I did the right thing?
- Isn’t an adult paycheck the same thing as a reward?
- Rewards change motivation
- Some thoughts on rewarding from a Discipline without Stress teacher
- What can be done so students know that the intrinsic is always most important?
- What if my students are used to receiving discipline rewards?

#### Building Relationships

- A Discipline without Stress Mindset – Misbehavior as an Opportunity to Learn
- A procedure for getting preschoolers to try new foods
- Do you think I did the right thing?
- I need a letter to send home to parents about Discipline without Stress.
- Just 5 Minutes of Relationship
- Positive phone calls home
- Some thoughts on rewarding from a Discipline without Stress teacher
- Using procedures to gain the cooperation of a passive-aggressive student

#### For High Schools

- Curiosity: A strategy for encouraging students to attend
- I am trying to use Discipline without Stress but my students will not listen to me!
- Intermediate/High School – Goal Setting and “The Last Lecture”
- Is Discipline without Stress ever implemented in high school?
- List of “Rights and Responsibilities” created by high school students
- What if a student won’t acknowledge Level B?
- What if students deny Level A/B behavior?

#### For Middle Schools

- Curiosity: A strategy for encouraging students to attend
- I am trying to use Discipline without Stress but my students will not listen to me!
- Intermediate/High School – Goal Setting and “The Last Lecture”
- List of “Rights and Responsibilities” created by high school students
- Using the Discipline without Stress Impulse Poster
- What if a student won’t acknowledge Level B?
- What if students deny Level A/B behavior?

#### For Guest Teachers

#### For Specialty Teachers

- Any suggestions for getting started with this discipline approach in a school library?
- Curiosity: A strategy for encouraging students to attend

#### Special Challenges

- Autism
- Dealing with ADD, ADHD, and ODD
- Is it possible to use Discipline without Stress in a classroom with a student who has special needs?
- Sharing the Visual Schedule in my primary classroom
- Simple Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Students
- Using Discipline without Stress in Preschool with Students Who Have Special Needs
- Using Discipline without Stress to deal with an uncooperative student
- Using Discipline without Stress with students who have Asperger’s Syndrome