“…Positive Discipline in the Classroom is based on a foundation of mutual respect. Creating an atmosphere of caring (kindness and firmness at the same time) is the first piece of the Positive Discipline puzzle, and putting this piece in place ensures that the foundation is not built on sand.” (Nelsen, Lott, and Glenn, Positive Discipline in the Classroom, 23)
And so we began the Positive Discipline portion of our first staff meeting of the school year by sharing the ways in which we show students we care. A few of these ways are:
"I’m so excited to have you in my class!” Say or show
Spending time with them during recess or before school, getting to know them, and caring about their interests and lives.
“I trust you” in words or through actions.
Having a healing basket in the classroom, creating a safe space.
Showing attention to all students
Showing excitement about their work
Showing students their thoughts count by listening, changing, or incorporating
When hurt - paying attention and seeing the problem and caring
Playing and joking with students
Allowing students to share their concerns, feelings, and complaints
Teachers sharing own interests outside of school
At Orchard, we care about your students and we want them to know that we care about them, so we hope that our message of caring gets through.