Positive Discipline in the classroom enables Meadowbrook staff to create a respectful school climate through social and emotional learning, character education and effective self-discipline. Staff and children recieve training in the many tools that enable them to develop effective class meetings, creating a climate of mutual respect through teaching communication, cooperation, problem-solving, and self-regulation. This enables Meadowbrook to create classroom climates that enhance academic learning, use encouragement rather than praise and rewards, instill valuable social skills and positive behaviour, involve children in solving problems (which we believe to be more effective than punishment) and ensure that staff always strive to understand the motivation behind children’s behaviour.
Children at Meadowbrook are introduced to the techniques of Positive Discipline from an early age. Age appropriate behaviour is always taken into account and staff work hard to understand the motivation behind mis-behaviour, dipping (where necessary) into their toolbox of non-punitive discipline strategies in-class to lay the foundation for a mutually respectful environment.
Amongst other concepts, children are taught how to develop the significant seven perceptions and skills that help them to become responsible members of society and form an integral part of Meadowbrook’s aims and objectives. Through sharing these principles teachers provide real opportunities in their classrooms for children to experience what we refer to as the SIgnificant 7:
1. Strong perceptions of personal capabilities. “I am capable”
2. Strong perceptions of significance. “I can contribute in meaningful ways”
3. Strong perceptions of personal influence over life. “ I can influence what happens to me and I am accountable”
4. Strong intrapersonal skills. The ability to manage personal emotions, self-control and self-discipline
5. Strong interpersonal skills. The ability to communicate, co-operate, negotiate, and work effectively with others
6. Strong systemic skills. The ability to respond to the limits of life with responsibility, adaptability and integrity
7. Strong judgmental skills. The ability to make decisions based on moral principles, wisdom and understanding
Regular parent and staff workshops are held throughout the year to consolidate these concepts. Further details can be found on our Meadowbrook Training Page.