Even though I'm moving to 1st grade, I'm participating in a book club with the kinder teachers in my building to learn about Conscious Discipline. I have to say, after only 2 chapters, my thinking has changed. I've learned that I must first change and that I'm responsible for my reaction to my students.
Essentially, brain research indicates that fear inhibits optimal learning. We don't use this method for for reading and writing, but it seems perfectly acceptable when teaching social skills. The school "family" is the foundation. This book teaches us how to create that environment for our classroom family.According to Bailey, this system is based on 3 premises:
- Controlling and changing ourselves is possible and has a profound impact on others.
- Connectedness governs behavior.
- Conflict is an opportunity to teach.
- Composure: Perception (No one can make you angry/ control your feelings.)
- Encouragement: Unity (We are all in this together.)
- Assertiveness: Attention (What you focus on, you get more of.)
- Choices: Free Will (The only person you can change is yourself.)
- Positive Intent: Love (See the best in others.)
- Empathy: Acceptance (This moment is as it is.)
- Consequences: Intention (Mistakes are opportunities to learn.)