SETTING LIMITS: A Love & Logic Approach To Classroom Management


[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Suzanne Warner



This independent study course focuses on putting the teacher in control of the classroom.  The list of obstacles facing today’s teachers is enormous and this class will teach you alternatives to the typical methods that leave teachers feeling worn down and unsuccessful.  This class will teach you how to:

  • Eliminate power struggles and handle disruptions quickly
  • Establish a climate of cooperation and respect
  • Use natural and logical consequences to support your rules
  • Conduct proactive, focused parent conferences

Ultimately, the result will be a more cohesive classroom – one where students enjoy learning, the need for discipline is reduced, and more teaching can occur every day. This class is appropriate for teachers of grades K-12.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Learn how to teach their rules so students will learn the rules.
  • Understand how to maintain control of their classrooms, yet allow students choice and responsibility.
  • Be able to create clear rules and guidelines for their classroom, with logical and natural consequences that are clear to students.
  • Learn how to stop power struggles with students before they begin.
  • Understand how to create a classroom of responsible students – responsible for their learning and responsible for their behavior.
  • Be able to create a more respectful, caring, productive classroom.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.

Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



The text, Setting Limits in the Classroom by Robert J. MacKenzie, is available at Amazon for approximately $13 plus shipping.  ISBN: 0-7615-1675-1.  That being said, sometimes Amazon has the book at super high prices, so look around: Barnes & Noble as well as Thriftbooks ( often has this book less expensive. Also, if you end up purchasing a newer edition, it will still work - if you take a look at the chapter titles, they are aligned with the book chapters, albeit out of order, so it may take a bit of searching through the chapter titles. 

  • Setting Limits in the Classroom: How to Move Beyond the Dance of Discipline in Today's Classrooms
    ISBN# 0761516751
    by Robert J. Mackenzie
    Three Rivers Press

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Course text, Setting Limits in the Classroom by Robert J. MacKenzie, is available for approximately $13 on Amazon. ISBN: 0-7615-1675-1.


Suzanne Warner, M.S., received her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Rochester, New York.  She has taught mathematics in the middle school, high school, and college settings, most recently in Oregon. Suzanne has been lauded by administrators, colleagues, students and parents regarding her teaching and classroom management skills. Her students enjoy learning in a respectful, productive environment, where each student is in control of her/his own learning and behaviors. She strongly believes that all students want to do well, and creates a teaching environment for them to succeed. 

When not in the classroom, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family reading, hiking, backpacking and traveling.


SETTING LIMITS: A Love & Logic Approach To Classroom Management

Fay, Jim and David Funk, Teaching with Love and Logic, Taking Control of the Classroom, 1st Edition, Love and Logic Press, 1995, paperback, 399 pages, ISBN: 978-0944634486, Teachers often find themselves facing a variety of classroom situations never covered in initial training. This valuable resource helps teachers increase skills, enhance professional development and maximize classroom learning time.

Marshall, Marvin, Discipline Without Stress, Punishments or Rewards: How Teachers and Parents Promote Responsibility and Learning, 2nd Edition, Piper Press, 2007, hardcover, 309 pages, ISBN: 978-0970060629, A blending of three subject fields - education, parenting, and personal growth - this work is replete with helpful suggestions that show both teachers and parents how to heighten positive thinking in school or at home, give students and other family members the power to choose, and discover productive means of reflection and self-evaluation.

Nelson, Jane, Lynn Lott, and H. Stephen Glenn, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, 3rd Edition, Three Rivers Press, 2000, paperback, 272 pages, ISBN: 978-0761524212, This philosophy is used as a foundation for fostering cooperation, problem-solving skills, and mutual respect in children.

Rubenstein, Gary, Reluctant Disciplinarian: Advice on Classroom Management from a Softy Who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher, 2nd Edition, Cottonwood Press, 2010, paperback, 176 pages, ISBN: 978-1936162154, Based on the author's disastrous first year of teaching—which began with no classroom-management skills—this humorous personal account offers clear and specific advice on how to become an adept classroom manager.

Sornson, Robert, Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn, 1st Edition, Love and Logic Press, 2005, paperback, 180 pages, ISBN: 978-1930429871, Develop school cultures where students feel safe, connected, and ready to learn. Learn to set limits in the classroom without anger. Create a culture of learning among faculty and parents. Build strong connections between home and school.                                         

Sprick, Randall S., Discipline in the Secondary Classroom: A Positive Approach to Behavior Management, 2nd Edition, Jossey-Bass, 2008, paperback, 304 pages, ISBN: 978-0470422267, Classroom management guru Randall Sprick offers practical strategies for beginning the school year, organizing the classroom for success, and establishing rules and behavior expectations for students. He also provides scores of helpful tips gathered from successful classroom teachers or gleaned from the latest educational research.