Positive Discipline

Southwest Montessori Academy uses Positive Discipline as a complementary method to our curriculum. The program provides the tools to develop effective class meetings and create a climate of mutual respect through teaching communication, cooperation, problem-solving, and self-regulatory skills. Positive Discipline encourages students to feel belonging and significance with a kind and firm approach and is designed to create a respectful school climate through social-emotional learning, character education and effective discipline. We use Positive Discipline in the classroom to create a classroom atmosphere that encourages students and builds the foundation upon which learning takes place.

Positive Discipline is a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen.

It is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. It is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Positive Discipline teaches important social, emotional, and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults. Parents, teachers, and childcare providers can work together to provide a secure, consistent environment for children.

Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.
At SMA, every staff member has attended at least one workshop to learn the principles and tools of Positive Discipline. We offer “Parenting the Positive Discipline Way” for parents as a seven-week series two times every year. This is free for parents of enrolled children and open to the public for a small fee.

For more information on Positive Discipline, please visit https://www.positivediscipline.com/ to learn more.