Last week, the ‘Positive Discipline in the Classroom’ materials arrived. A group of teachers and volunteers at the school of Peace are going to meet on the 12th and go through the first DVD of instruction.
I’m very hopeful that these methods will allow us all to unify on disciplinary policies, and inspire the kids to be internally motivated.
I originally encountered Positive Discipline at Village School, in Campbell, California. My son attended this charter school, and, as parents, we were required to attend about 14 hours of training in Positive Discipline. Within the first hour, I was sold. The philosophy is respectful and treats kids humanely. The goal is to teach kids how to be healthy, happy, responsible, self-motivated adults.
From PositiveDiscipline.com :
The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline include:
- Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
- Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.
- Effective communication and problem solving skills.
- Discipline that teaches (and is neither permissive nor punitive).
- Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.
- Encouragement (instead of praise). Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment.