What Is Conscious Discipline?
Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based program that helps teachers and parents teach children to self-regulate. Learning to manage our own thoughts, feelings and actions is an integral part of a successful life.
Our staff is trained on the different components of the program which include: the Brain State Model, Seven Powers, The Foundation of Safety, Creating the School Family, Seven Skills of Discipline, and The Foundation of Problem-Solving.
Survival State, Emotional State, Executive State
Conscious Discipline recognizes the “Survival” State, “Emotional” State, and “Executive” State. We want to teach children how to go from the “Survival” State to the “Executive” State when dealing with conflict in the classroom. If two children are arguing over a toy, we teach them to use words to ask for what they want and to work it out, instead of hitting or getting emotional.
Creating a Safe Place
This is achieved by teaching children about composure. By offering a “Safe Place” where children may choose to go to “gain control” of their feelings, children can learn how to take back their power and be in control of themselves, whether they are sad, angry, missing someone or just need to be alone for a minute. In the “Safe Place” are ideas to help them, such as relaxation techniques that are practiced in the classroom, and soft things to cuddle.
Words of Encouragement
Our teachers are trained to encourage children and teach them to encourage one another. We also want our kiddos to be assertive, understand choices, have positive intent, show empathy, and understand consequences. Once they practice and understand these areas, they can then make better decisions that come from the higher levels of the brain.
These are ongoing techniques that we practice daily. We teach children to do the right thing because it is the right thing to do vs. “what do I get out of it?”. The school climate is huge in affecting the culture you want to create for your child.
Our classroom motto is: “Our job is to keep you safe; your job is to help keep it that way!”