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Conscious Discipline® leads teachers, providers, schools and programs through a process that promotes permanent behavior changes in both teachers and children. The change is from a traditional compliance model of discipline to a relationship-based, school family model.

The traditional model of discipline is founded on rules. The rules are upheld through consequences. The goal of the consequence is to obtain obedience. Those who are compliant are rewarded. Those who aren’t are punished.

Conscious Discipline offers a relationship-based community model of classroom management. The key is a sense of community. The “school family” is the core of the program. The school family is held together through communication skills. These skills are taught during conflict moments in the classroom and through active learning lessons. The goal of the school family is to create problem solvers.

Love, expressed through safety, cooperation and respect, is the tool used to imbue the system with power. Both teachers and students are empowered to control themselves and to relate to others. The system is built on 3 major premises:

Controlling and changing ourselves is possible and has profound impact on others.
  • Connectedness governs behavior
  • Conflict is an opportunity to teach
Believing we must first change ourselves and model our expectations for others through self-control, creates a classroom climate and culture that teaches the following values:

Belief Value it Teaches Children
Changing ourselves is possible.  As teachers, it is our choice to decide whether or not to change. You are in charge.  You can become the person you want to be
By choosing to control ourselves instead of others, we feel empowered. Power comes from within
When things don’t go our way, we will seek solutions. You are responsible for your feelings and actions.  Your choices impact others.
In order for children to learn to behave properly, they must be taught. You must teach others how to treat you.  You cannot expect them to magically “know”
Conflict is an essential part of life.  It presents us with the opportunity to learn a missing skill or let go a limiting belief. Conflict is a part of life.  Mistakes offer opportunities to learn
Love is the best motivator for learning and growth Love is more powerful than fear.  Cooperation is more effective than coercion.

Conscious Discipline® is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. Conscious Discipline® has been specifically designed to make changes in the lives of adults first. The adults, in turn, change the lives of children.

Conscious Discipline® empowers teachers and other adults with the Seven Powers for Self Control. These powers change the adults’ perception and relationship with conflict, empowering them to be proactive instead of reactive during conflict times. These core beliefs strengthen our utilization of the frontal lobes of the brain. The frontal lobes are to the brain as a conductor is to an orchestra. The frontal lobes are our moral leader.

From the beliefs instilled with the Seven Powers for Self Control emerge the Seven Basic Skills of Discipline. These skills change how adults respond to conflict in such a way as to facilitate the development of the frontal lobes in children. The Seven Skills are the only skills an adult needs to constructively transform conflict into teaching moments. Through the Powers and Skills, adults stay in control of themselves and in charge of children.



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