Does anyone practice Conscious Discipline, by Dr. Becky Bailey, within their school or classroom? Our school has been using this philosophy (for lack of a better word) for many years. (If you are unfamiliar with Conscious Discipline click HERE.) According to Dr. Bailey, "Discipline in not something you do to children. It is something you develop within them." I love this quote and I feel like this has value. I want so much to be that teacher who can spout conscious discipline out of her mouth with ease! But to be honest I feel like I start off strong each year but somehow manage to drop into my dominant teacher role by mid to end year. Anyway.... My plan is to start off strong this year and try very hard to continue with this throughout the year. But..... I am so wrapped up in my current behavior system it is hard to change. What I currently use is a system of five colors. They would like to keep a blue star day. If not they progress down the chart from there. This model has served me very well for 15 years. I know it has value but it does not follow the Conscious Discipline model. I know this to my core - but it is hard to give up! The hardest part to give up is the daily notice that goes home. It is expected. - or so I have convinced myself. Is it really necessary? I am beginning to think not. But.... How do I best explain these changes to my incoming parents? I would like to present something during our open house, but I don't really know how to explain the changes without trying to explain ALLLLL of Cons. Disc!! Am I making sense? Does anyone have any grand ideas on how to quickly, yet succinctly, explain this?
I know I may sound as if I am rambling to some of you, especially if this is the first time you have heard of Conscious Dispinline, but even if there is one of you wonderful bloggers out there that can help me I would appreciate it!