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Positive Discipline Philosophy

Positive Discipline Philosophy

At Discovery Charter Schools we embrace the Positive Discipline (or PD) philosophy. In fact, we are so passionate about this way of addressing our students behavior and interactions, we require a member of each student's family to attend a series of PD classes. By creating a campus culture where teachers, students and parents all use the same behavioral response techniques, we establish clear behavioral expectations and provide consistency in our situational responses which results in a calm, self-regulating, distraction free learning environment for our students.

At the core of PD is a discipline model that focuses on the positive points of behavior, based on the idea that there are no bad children, just good and bad behaviors. At Discovery we teach and reinforce the good behaviors while weaning the bad behaviors without hurting the child verbally or physically. Our staff and parents are all actively involved in helping the students learn how to handle situations more appropriately while remaining calm, friendly and respectful to the children and themselves.

Five Criteria for Positive Discipline:

1. Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance.)

2. Is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time.)

3. Is effective long-term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world — and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.)

4. Teaches important social and life skills. (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, school or larger community.)

5. Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)