After reading the book by Dr. Becky Bailey this summer, I began the first leg of my CD journey this school year. I was totally absorbed by the book all summer long and it was really an "awakening" for me. So, if you haven't read this book, I highly recommend that you do...and soon! It really is "Discipline for the 21st Century." The book really caused me to reflect on how I respond to "behavior problems" in my classroom and to think about more brain friendly ways to help students to successfully cope with the daily stresses of life, so that they can move on to accomplishing greatness in the classroom.
I was thrilled to find out that Dr. Bailey has also come out with a "sequel" to the original book that has more of the "nuts and bolts" of how to implement CD in your classroom...right now!
Most of you are probably familiar with the ideas in the book, so I really wanted to talk today about some of the little ways I have begun to use CD in my third grade class this year.
The first week of school we all made "mini-me" necklaces.
We put these on each morning as we come into the classroom. As we gather for our morning meeting, students place their necklace into our Safekeeper Box.
If any students are absent, we hang their necklace on the Friends and Family Tree and together we wish them well. I then "tuck everyone in" and close the lid on the box and proclaim, "My job is to keep you safe, and your job is"....and they then chime in "to help keep it safe!!!" Wash, rinse and repeat every morning!!
FRIENDS AND FAMILY TREE
The students can bring pictures of their loved ones from home and this is where they are displayed all year:
OUR SAFE PLACE
This is a quiet place in the classroom where any student can go when they need a place to calm down and gather their thoughts. I simply used a privacy screen and placed it on a table in the back of the room. On it I have displayed picture cards for some of the CD strategies that are taught early in the school year, such as S.T.A.R. breathing and other relaxation techniques (the balloon, the pretzel). I also have the VERY IMPORTANT "Cranky Cream", which is just hand lotion. My kiddos LOVE this. Honestly, they use it all the time...not just when they are cranky. I like that our Safe Place is portable and can be moved to different locations as needed.
CONSCIOUS CLASSROOM JOBS
OUR SCHOOL FAMILY
We declared ourselves a "School Family" the very first week of school and created our own motto:
I am loving Conscious Discipline so far and I know my students really appreciate having a calm, and composed teacher (who takes a lot of deep breaths throughout the day). I also have every hair on my head still intact....very impressive for November, I think!!
What are your favorite Conscious Discipline ideas???