St. Edmund’s Academy embraces Positive Discipline to foster respectful relationships and a sense of social belonging in the community. Based on the research of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, the classroom management approach helps children feel valued and connected to their families and schools, helping to build a learning environment where they can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. Positive Discipline accomplishes this goal by providing children with the tools to be respectful, responsible, resilient, and capable individuals.
The Positive Discipline approach is guided by the following principles:
- Children need structure and freedom in order to grow into responsible and caring citizens in their communities.
- Mutual respect and encouragement foster a sense of social belonging and trust.
- Discipline is about teaching and learning-- not punishment. Natural consequences are preserved.
- The quality of relationships and school climate is critical to academic success.
As adherents to the Positive Discipline model, we strive to:
- Maintain high standards in each child’s academic, social, and emotional life.
- Be respectful and encouraging by employing firmness (respect for self and the situation) and kindness (respect for others) at the same time.
- View poor choices as opportunities to learn from disappointment.
- Identify the belief behind the behavior, seeking to understand the reasons children do what they do so that we can develop stronger connections.
- Focus on long-term and collaborative solutions by teaching children important social and emotional skills.
- Invite children to discover how capable they are.