Behavior & Discipline
"Discipline is not something you do to children, but something you develop within them." ~ Becky Bailey
Conscious Discipline, developed by Becky Bailey is a brain smart model of helping children AND adults understand how basic needs, emotional brain states and behavior are related. The program helps adults develop the skills needed to develop a safe learning community focusing on emotional and social intelligence as the foundation for success. Each chapter in her book introduces a specific set of skills to learn and develop. You don't move on until you have mastered the step you are on so the skills are truly acquired. The program is really a way of dealing with people and living your life in a way that brings more joy to everyone. It incorporates all of what I have learned about brain compatible learning. I have chosen to base my interactions with children on the skills and powers in Conscious Discipline. If you are interested in learning more about a brain based approach to developing class communities based on how the brain works I recommend starting by reading the BOOK and watching the Becoming The Best You Can Be Webinars.
How can teachers plan to respond to behaviors in a way that teaches and not fall back on a model of extrinsic motivation and coercion? How can students be helped to develop the ability to manage themselves and build empathy for others?