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Conscious Discipline

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Training Teachers in Classroom Management
Hoffman, Hutchinson, and Reiss discuss their study and findings on whether or not Conscious Discipline can help ameliorate students’ difficult behaviors. Conscious Discipline, created by Becky Bail, is described as classroom management program that promotes teachers’ self control, encouragement towards students, allowing children to make choice, and much more. In the study, several teachers were elected and were asked to complete a survey dealing with classroom management. Some of these teachers were then provided workshops to help them learn about Conscious Discipline and overall enhance their classroom management methods. Most of the teachers who attended these workshops applied their new knowledge
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One strategy provided is to create “Safe Place” in the class where children can feel safe and release their emotions (Hoffman, Hutchinson & Reiss, 2009, p. 37). These Safe Place can have objects such as stress balls to help relieve anxiety. Similarly, teachers can establish a “We Care” area, where children can create letters for their friend. Ultimately, this would help support students’ social expression. These two strategies would be appropriate for preschoolers and K-3 setting. However, it would not be appropriate for infants nor toddlers because it is difficult for them to comprehend what to do in the Safe Place nor in the We Care…show more content…
According to NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct (2005), one of the most essential principles is, “We shall not participate in practices that are emotionally damaging, physically harmful, disrespectful, degrading, dangerous, exploitative, or intimidating to children” (p. X). These techniques are in agreement with that principle because they are not emotionally damaging or harming in any way instead they allow children to learn how to handle their emotions. These techniques are also in compliance with the Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Conduct of the Education Profession because they help students’ challenging behaviors towards adults and other students decrease, thus “protecting students from harmful conditions to their learning, mental and/or physical health” (Florida Department of Education, 2014, para.
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