Positive Discipline; what is it for?

In our newly accredited school in Giza, Egypt; we are hosting a workshop for our educators on 5th November for 14 hours to learn more about Positive Discipline inside and outside the classrooms.  Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and the Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen. The program designed to train educators on how to create a supportive learning environment; where children are treated with respect, have the courage and excitement to love learning, and have the opportunity to learn the skills they need for a successful life. The Positive Discipline vision is about schools where children never experience humiliation when they fail but instead feel empowered by the opportunity to learn from their mistakes in a safe environment.

Effective Discipline Criteria taught in the course are as follows:

Is it kind and firm at the same time? (Respectful and encouraging)

Does it help children feel a sense of belonging and significance? (Connection)

Is it effective long-term? (Punishment works short term, but has negative long- term results.)

Does it teach valuable social and life skills for good character? (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation)

Does it invite children to discover how capable they are and to use their personal power in constructive ways?

The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline include:

Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.

Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.

Effective communication and problem solving skills.

Mistakes are Opportunities to learn.

Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.

Encouragement (instead of praise). Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment.

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