By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Oct 1st, 2013
Monty Roberts is a famous horse trainer--the model for the Robert Redford film, "The Horse Whisperer." The trainer conducts demonstrations of how he trains wild mustangs. Monty grew up in central California and, at age 12, started observing them. He now puts his observations and experiences with horses to work with humans. As with the strategies I share, his approach is one of noncoercion to effect behavior changes and improve relationships. The strategy is in direct contrast to traditional approaches of using coercion.
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Sep 1st, 2013
When we hear ourselves thinking, we are metacogitating. But do not assume that every student does it. For example, a student works on and solves a problem, and the teacher says, "Tell us how you solved that problem." And the student says, "I don't know; I just did it." This shows a lack of metacognitive awareness.
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Aug 1st, 2013
5 invaluable tips to get the new school year off to a good start with positive ways to establish effective classroom management!
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Jul 1st, 2013
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." But we can speed up the process.
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Jan 1st, 2013
A boy measures everything he does or says by a single yardstick: “Does this make me look weak?” If it does, he isn't going to do it. That's part of the reason that video games have such a powerful hold on boys. The action is constant; boys can calibrate just how hard the challenges will be; and when they lose, the defeat is private.
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Dec 19th, 2012
|From the archives
Whereas good relationships are important to girls, success is more important to boys.
|by Dr. Marvin Marshall
Hopefully, society is well past the “politically correct” theory (an oxymoron in a democratic society) that the ONLY difference
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Sep 1st, 2012
In a classroom where the teacher and class have a forced relationship, the student who disrupts the class becomes a hero. The reason is that a coercive climate is an adversarial one. In a climate of positive relationships, the disrupting student does not receive support from the other students.
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Oct 1st, 2011
There is no doubt that competition improves PERFORMANCE, but competition is horrific for LEARNING. If you never stand in the winner's circle, you would rather drop out than compete. Similarly, no one with a good understanding of STANDARDIZED tests and an objective viewpoint can justify their use to rank teachers, schools, or school districts in any RELIABLE and VALID way.
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Oct 1st, 2009
I'm much more positive in my own mind when I purposely view "misbehavior" as coming from "someone who didn't learn the procedure," as when I perceive the same behavior as coming from "someone who's not following the rules."
By Dr. Marvin Marshall • Sep 1st, 2009
Tom Sawyer was a better psychologist than B.F. Skinner, the famous exponent of behaviorism. This theory assumes that all behaviors are prompted only by external sources.
In contrast, Tom used the power of internal motivation. He enticed others to …