Positive Discipline is a method based on the philosophy of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Through its implementation, people are taught to be responsible, respectful, active and resourceful members in their community. As such, this discipline relies on kids expressing themselves constantly.
All the books and workshops available on Positive Discipline consisting of teaching with non-punitive methods, providing parents, teachers and community leaders with the necessary tools that will permit students, both children and adults, to develop sufficient skills for their success in society. Tools that improve their vocabulary skills such as this webiste.
These methods are based on:
- Transmitting the message of care and respect, creating a sense of connection and belonging.
- Becoming both firm and caring.
- Identifying the beliefs behind particular behaviors. Effective discipline understands the reasons behind a child’s behavior, and works on changing those beliefs, instead of just working on the behavior of a child.
- Taking each mistake as a beautiful learning opportunity.
- Allowing children to understand the consequences of their decisions (through asking questions) instead of imposing them the consequences as a way of punishment.
- Focusing on the solutions: involving the child in problem solving.
- Teaching them interpersonal skills: Self-discipline, self-control, self-evaluation, cooperation, assertive communication and empathy towards others.
- Inviting children to perceive themselves as capable beings with a purpose in life. Encourage their personal power and autonomy.
- Encourage intrinsic motivation.
All the tools used in Positive Discipline, may be developed in classrooms, workshops and explained on books, and permit to fulfill the criteria mentioned by Jane Nelsen, for this discipline to become effective:
- Helping children have a sense of connection (sense and belonging).
- Being respectful and motivational (by being both kind and firm).
- These tools are effective in the long run. (By considering what the child is thinking, feeling, learning and saying regarding him/herself, his/her world, and what do to in life when the child grows up, how to survive and thrive).
- Teaching important social and life skills. (Respect, empathy for others, solve problems, cooperation, as well as, skills on how to contribute in the household, school and community).
- Inviting children to discover their abilities. (Motives the constructive use of personal power and autonomy).
The pedagogical program includes workshops on how to handle emotions, have self-control, self-motivation and empathy.
Techniques on acknowledging emotions that will involve parents in the process of learning and understanding.
Workshops on Positive Discipline Techniques.
Coming up with didactic (teaching) material for the development and control of emotions.
We expect that through the implementation of this proposal, both teachers and children will improve their emotional skills, have control over conflicts occurring in classrooms, enjoy a collaborative learning process, and make use of assertive communication, among other things.
This will help handle aggressive behaviors on children, and reach agreements for them to reduce their lack of discipline, through Positive Discipline.
Improve self-esteem and self-control in teachers. Guiding and showing new ways of handling a group and help reduce aggressive tendencies in children.
Improve the academic performance of students, and their interpersonal relations within the classroom setting.
Reduce aggressive tendencies in teachers, and instead allow them to have caring and positive reinforcement tendencies.