Conscious Discipline

Summary of Conscious Discipline approach

Conscious Discipline empowers teachers with the Seven Powers of Self Control. These powers allow teachers to stay in control of themselves and in charge of the children. Self-control allows teachers to be proactive instead of reactive in conflict moments and embrace conflict as a teaching opportunity rather than a disruption to learning. From The Seven Powers for Self-Control emerge the Seven Basic Skills of Discipline. These are the only skills that a teacher needs to constructively respond to any conflict in the classroom. These skills promote a peaceful inner state in children. From this state, children are free to learn, cooperate and help each other to be successful. (Conscious Discipline, 2000, Dr Becky Bailey). The table below shows the link between these powers and skills:

Skill Power Value Purpose Brain Smart Tips Emotional Development Key Phrases
Being the person you want your children to become
No one can make you angry
Integrity Remain calm and teach children how to behave. The brain functions optimally in a safe environment. Anger management is integral for social competence. S – Smile
T – Take a breath
A – And
R – Relax
Building the school family
We are all in this together
Interdependence Create a sense of belonging. Social successes prime the brain for academic successes. Relationships are the motivation for learning. You did it!
You _____ so _____
That was helpful.
Setting limits respectfully
What you focus on, you get more of
Respect Set limits and expectations. Telling children what to do aligns their bodies with their willpower. Healthy boundaries are essential for all relationships. Did you like it?
Building self-esteem and willpower
Free Will
The only person you can make change is yourself
Empowerment Empowers children while setting limits. Choice changes brain chemistry. Building self-esteem and willpower reduces impulsivity. You may _____ or _____. What is your choice?
Positive Intent
Creating teaching moments
See the best in others
Diversity Create teachable moments especially for difficult children. Thoughts physically alter cells in the body. Positive intent improves self-image and builds trust. You wanted _____. You may not _____. When you want _____ _____, say _____.
Handling fussing and fits
The moment is as it is
Compassion Help children accept & process feelings. Empathy wires the brain for self-control and higher cognition. Empathy is the heart of emotional intelligence. You seem _____. Something _____ must have happened.
Helping children learn from their mistakes
Mistakes are opportunities to learn
Responsibility Help children reflect on their choices and change. The brain thrives on feedback. Consequences help children learn cause & effect relationships. If you choose to _____ then you will _____.

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