The Art of Teaching Self-Control
This chapter discusses the disciplines to teach self-control. A strong relationship with a teacher who knows how to teach the children social and emotional skills through their play is the ounce of prevention needed to prevent pounds of cure. Interpersonal conflict is frequently the result of misunderstood intentions and messages that end up in hurt feelings and/or aggressive behavior. Discipline means teaching children new ideas about how to solve problems, with the focus on helping them learn to manage themselves. Positive redirection should be used whenever possible. It is based on the premise that children want to be good, but do not always know how. Progressive discipline is a plan that the teacher makes ahead of time in case she finds herself alone in a difficult situation during direct instruction. Schools have a multitude of systems and policies for working with children who exhibit challenging behaviors.