WMU News

Workshop focuses on disciplining without stress, rewards, punishment

March 30, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- An authority on handling students' irresponsible and disruptive behavior in the classroom will challenge prevailing educational theories during a workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the Grand Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

Dr. Marvin Marshall, a well-known educator, says far too many young people do not respond positively to traditional disciplinary approaches.

His workshop, "How to Discipline Without Stress, Rewards or Punishments," offers a simple-to-implement alternative that is being used by teachers at the pre-primary level through the high school level. Marshall's approach seeks to foster student responsibility, reduce teacher stress and increase the joy of classroom teaching.

The workshop is sponsored by Conferences and Seminars at Western Michigan University. Although tailored for teachers, counselors, administrators, aides and child-care professionals, it is open to anyone wishing to learn more about how to deal with disruptive behavior and discipline problems.

Marshall is a former elementary, middle, and high school teacher; counselor; elementary and high school principal; and district director of education. He does presentations for several leading seminar companies, universities across the country and schools around the world.

His writings on discipline, social development, human behavior, and motivation have been published by Education Week, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the California Teachers Association and the Association of California School Administrators. In addition, Marshall has produced audiotapes for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Staff Development Council.

The workshop fee of $99 includes a resource handbook and lunch. Registrations will be accepted until the workshop is full. For more information, call WMU's Natalie Richert at (616) 387-4174. To register, call Mary Ann Ford at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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