Our Classroom Rules!
We will have a set of expectations posted for all to see and we will also make sure to go over these daily. We are also going focus on the character traits from the Fruits of the Spirit (one per month) and do little fun challenges and activities to instill the importance of these qualities in your children.
We have studied many different behavior management/discipline plans throughout our time as teachers and we have adopted Love and Logic as our primary system for handling discipline issues in the classroom.
Love and Logic is a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D., and based on the experience of a combined total of over 75 years working with and raising kids. Jim Fay teaches us that we should “lock in our empathy, love, and understanding” prior to telling kids what the consequences of their actions will be. This Love and Logic method causes the child to see their teacher as the “good guy” and the child’s poor decision as the “bad guy.” When done on a regular basis, kids develop an internal voice that says, “I wonder how much pain I’m going to cause for myself with my next decision?” Kids who develop this internal voice become more capable of standing up to peer pressure.
It works because…
- When adults take care of themselves, they hand the problem back to the student who created it.
- When the student has to solve the problem, they have to think.
- When students have to think, they learn that decisions have consequences.
- When students have to deal with consequences, they learn to think.
- When we allow the student to deal with the consequences, they learn to think before they cause a problem.
- When the student learns to ask themselves, “How is my behavior going to affect me?” they have learned self control.
Information from the Love and Logic website.