Does anyone have a letter communicate to parents about Discipline without Stress?
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 may provide a starting point for your own letter.
Our classroom is a small community where teamwork and good relationships are expected. Since Kindergarten is a new experience for most students, we will spend a lot of time learning class procedures/routines and practicing them. Each student is expected to act within our standards of behavior.
The following are the standards for our class:
1. Be kind and nice.
2. Be safe.
3. Be a good listener.
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A response by Claudia Payne, a member of the DWS Mailring:
My school has spent a great deal of money training us on L&L. Buy DWS. It includes Jim Fay’s philosophy and is much easier to use since it is a “system” and can be used “publicly” without any demeaning of the student.
When I need to remind students about talking I say (over my microphone) gently, playfully, “Do you need authority?” They always say, “No.” I then say lovingly, “Why not?” They always say, “Because I’m going to stop.”
I have found it tremendously useful to incorporate social time into my lessons by having kids discuss with each other briefly before responding individually for the whole class.
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I’ve heard you describe the Discipline without Stress approach as “simple-to-implement.” I personally find that it takes continuous effort when I’m teaching to deal with classroom management and at the same remember to be positive, offer choices, and ask reflective questions. I wonder if others find the implementation of this discipline approach to be simple?
DR. MARSHALL’S RESPONSE:
SIMPLE does not mean EASY – at first.
Learning how to drive an automobile is SIMPLE, but it only becomes EASY after you have driven for awhile.
This discipline approach is simple in that there are ONLY four parts to the Teaching Model–not a dozen or so. The third part, The Raise Responsibility System which is used to deal with classroom … >>>READ MORE >>> →
Can this discipline system really be used with young children in Kindergarten and First Grade? It seems as if it would be above their heads.
I’ve met a number of people, both in person and on the Internet, who express concern that the concepts of Discipline without Stress are too sophisticated to be of value to young children. Today, on the second day of a new school year, I had an interesting discussion with a six-year-old that proves to me once again that even young children can benefit greatly from exposure to the thinking of this discipline approach. The basic understandings are accessible to students of all ages.
Most years, by the second day of school we’re … >>>READ MORE >>> →