Positive Discipline is based on the philosophies of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikus who believed that all human beings have equal rights to dignity and respect. All Positive Discipline methods are non-punitive and non-permissive. They are “Kind” and “Firm” at the same time. Kind, because that shows respect for the child (and the adult), and Firm because that shows respect for what needs to be done.
Through the use of class meetings and application of the Lifelong Guidelines and Life Skills, the students of Lake Ridge use problem-solving skills to seek solutions to problems. By emphasizing appropriate behavior and guiding students to make good choices, we see the students of Lake Ridge developing self-control and accepting responsibility for their actions.
Implementing Positive Discipline is a process that involves the teachers and students (and other family members as well) in true dialogue and problem-solving on issues that are of real and practical concern to them. When students and teachers work together to solve problems, they learn to appreciate each other, to understand respect differences, and to develop social interest by helping each other.
By implementing Positive Discipline with class meetings, we move away from competition-where success is for the few and being a success is at someone else’s expense-and move toward developing competency and self-worth with responsibility to make decisions and help each other. Through these methods, we believe that we can empower the children with courage, confidence, and life skills.
Purpose of Class Meetings:
- To give compliments
- To help one another
Class meetings allow students to be more involved in the decisions that will affect their lives. The class meeting structure is designed to encourage students to creatively fine “win/win” solutions. These meetings are expected to be respectful of all participants.