Implementing Discipline Without Stress

I received the following communication:

Dear, Dr. Marshall,

I am a Special Education teacher at a high school with the Pittsburgh Public School District. I’m currently enrolled in Gannon University of Erie, Pennsylvania in a graduate program of curriculum & instruction.

During the course of “Discipline and Classroom Management,” I viewed a small portion of your video. In addition, I’ve read a little of your literature regarding “The Raise Responsibility System” and I think it is fantastic.

I intend to study your approach to fostering intrinsic motivation and responsibility for my students. Do you provide an individual package for teachers as opposed to your package for an entire school’s staff, or can you direct me as to what are the essential components of your model necessary for implementation in my classroom?

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration,


Dear (name),

The In-House Staff Development was created for schools to conduct their own staff development (and for me to reduce my traveling). For you, as an individual special education teacher, I suggest focusing on the following sites: Print this and keep it handy. Learn all of its parts. The next site will help you with this. Create visions and pictures of what you want your students to do—instead of what you do not want them to do. Create or purchase the two posters—one with the levels of the hierarchy and the other with the impulse management displayed. Post them. Practice some procedure for redirecting distracting thoughts. Study this link carefully. Focus on the differences between levels C and D—not between the acceptable and unacceptable levels.

After you have downloaded these links, plan on spending 5-10 minutes a day in front of a mirror or with another person verbalizing out loud the important points from each of the four links above. Do this at least four (4) times to be comfortable, really understand, and easily verbalize the essential points.

This will be successful for you and for the good you will be doing with and for your students.

Marv Marshall