May 15, 2013

Teachers still troubled by rules and consequences

After ASCD In-Service posted my article here, it landed on ASCD's Facebook page here, where it garnered plenty of commentary.

While many teachers are in favor of a progressive, student-centered approach to education, an equal amount seem troubled by this tip for creating a student-centered classroom:

 Here are just a few responses on ASCD's Facebook page:

The problem is that these comments are based on one brief tip in one short blog post. In  my book, Role Reversal, I explain that discipline issues fall prey to a system that focuses on building excellent teacher-student rapport, eliminating boring traditional teaching methods and giving students the kind of autonomy they've never seen in school. This Results Only Learning Environment creates a learning community, where rules and consequences aren't necessary.

So, can you help me elaborate for the teachers who are still troubled by rules and consequences?

Don't miss Mark's book ROLE Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom, now available in the ASCD store, Barnes & Noble and at

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