In keeping with the philosophy of the Center, all the staff are aware of and respectful toward diversity in family values regarding discipline. However, behavior management and self-control are necessary components of a child’s education. In general, we believe in “managing” the classroom rather than “controlling” or “disciplining” the children. We believe in “working with” children rather than “doing things to” children. The classrooms are set up to work for children. Pro-social behavior is modeled by the teachers and always encouraged among the children. Through a system of modeling and logical consequences, children make choices that are acceptable to the situation. Kindness, generosity, and respect between children is always noticed and commented upon favorably.
Teachers utilize a variety of skills to ensure children are guided toward appropriate behavior daily in the classroom. First and foremost is to have realistic expectations of the children. Through setting clear and simple limits children can more concretely understand what is expected of them. Teachers must also be aware of their own body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice and how this will influence a child’s cooperation. Teachers are kind, but firm in upholding classroom rules.
Each classroom utilizes various strategies when behavioral issues or conflicts arise. These strategies may include, but are not limited to, the following approaches:
The center upholds professional standards of behavior management, therefore the following rules apply at all times: