Category Archives for Discipline & Discipling (Teaching)

4 Magic Words That Will Cut the Arguments in Half

It was a great day when I discovered 4 magic words that just seem to dissolve tension and eliminate at least half of the arguments in my classroom. And those words are: “You’re not in trouble.” Students can be so defensive, can’t they? (and let’s be honest, we can be, too, right? But that’s another […]

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Is Our Focus on Bullying Producing More Victims?

Does our focus on bullying produce more victims

Before I get too far, let me make one thing crystal clear. Bullying is wrong. There are no if‘s, and‘s, or but‘s about it. Kids should not harass, hurt, or make fun of other kids. It’s simply not right. And since it’s not right, we as teachers definitely should be on the lookout for bullying. […]

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Why Teachers (& Parents) Should NOT Always Be Fair

Why parents & teachers should not always be fair

If we’ve heard “but that’s not fair!” once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. But let’s stop a second and really think about this complaint. Is it legitimate? We all know that life’s not fair, but should it be? Should we be? I really find this concept of fairness fascinating. Mainly because everyone (our students, […]

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Can We Really Believe in ALL Our Students?

Can we really believe in all our students

When you think about your students, do you find yourself naturally putting them into categories? There’s the sharp ones, the creative ones, the disruptive ones, the ones with attitude problems, the ones with academic struggles, etc…. It’s only natural to start labeling people, but if we really want every one of our students to succeed […]

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The One Change that Will Revolutionize How You Discipline (And Skyrocket Your Success)

The One Change that Will Revolutionize How You Discipline

In his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey encourages his readers to  “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” This principle can make such a difference as a teacher – or a parent – or, frankly, in almost every aspect  of our lives. But I believe it is particularly helpful when […]

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