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"Children need to be given the freedom to have experiences, to fail, and to explore on their own and within their own term"
- Dr. Maria Montessori
On Thursday, January 28, 2021, our Director of Children's House, Fay Masterson, gave a presentation to introduce Positive Discipline to our families, in the hope of creating a series. Click the link above to hear the virtual presentation.
Sterling Montessori incorporates the Positive Discipline techniques and tools into all classroom environments. The theory is based on the work of Alfred Adler (1870-1937), a Viennese psychiatrist who believed that behavior is not driven by events in the past, but a goal of belonging and significance. That determination influences the choices and decisions human make in their behavior.
Positive Discipline is a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelson. It is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).
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.
If interested in learning Positive Discipline at home, Shawn Edwards offers online training courses to implement Positive Discipline at home. Click here for more information!
Unique characteristics of the Positive Discipline Model include:
Sterling Faculty and Staff are trained in these techniques and are open to discussing with familes the specifics on implementation in the classroom. Sterling will also be offering Parent Education opportunities for incorporating Positive Discipline at home.
Click here for more detailed information on Positive Discipline.