New Discipline Program: 1--2--3 Magic

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:46am

Dear Parents and Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that we have adopted a new discipline program that will be used in our school starting the week of January 23rd. Dr. Thomas Phelan, a clinical psychologist, developed this program, called 1-­‐2-­‐3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-­12. This program incorporates specific, gentle techniques to stop undesirable behavior as well as to encourage positive behavior.

Of course, our number one priority during the school day is instruction. We want your child and all of the students in the school to learn as much as possible. It is our hope that by having a discipline program that is both warm and demanding, learning will be maximized.

Parents and teachers have used 1-­‐2-­‐3 Magic successfully since 1984. This is an evidence-­‐based program that is easy to use and that works effectively.

There are three steps to 1-­‐2-­‐3 Magic:

  • Step 1 involves managing undesirable behavior by counting 1, 2, 3. On the count of 3, the student must “take five” – a five minute period when the student sits in a designated spot in the classroom. This simple technique is remarkably helpful when the adult using it follows what are known as the No Talking and No Emotion rules.
  • Step 2 involves encouraging good behavior. There are several methods for encouraging good constructive actions in students such as across the room praise, spotlights, and charting.
  • Step 3 involves using some valuable tools for maintaining healthy relationships with children including community circles, class meetings, and shared fun.

All of these steps work together and contribute to a positive classroom and school environment where your child will feel welcomed, comfortable, and where he or she will work and learn productively.

We will be sharing more information about 1-­‐2-­‐3 Magic during the Ready to Learn Work Group on Tuesday, January 24th, and upcoming coffee with administration meetings.

In the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at or 410-­‐313-­‐6907.

Maisha Strong Principal