Teaching Self-Regulation

RLR_6336I was given the opportunity to attend a Conscious Discipline (CD) workshop this summer. As a new teacher, I felt it was important to become more familiarized with the program Holy Trinity has adopted for the last 8 years. I went with some knowledge and a little skepticism, but returned enthusiastic and grateful that our school administration cares and believes enough, not to change student behavior by discipline but by instilling life skills.

I learned that Conscious Discipline is a self-regulation program. If we can teach our children to recognize their emotional state and assess their situation before it reaches a point of anger and upset, we are empowering them to be in control of their world. CD has scientifically shown the correlation of one’s brain state with their reasoning abilities. This becomes powerful knowledge, because now as caregivers and educators we can help them become aware of their emotional state of survival (limbic system) and shift to problem solving and emotional stability (pre-frontal lobe). A child must have established connections and feel safe in order to feel comfortable to problem solve with confidence.

“If we can teach our children to recognize their emotional state and assess their situation before it reaches a point of anger and upset, we are empowering them to be in control of their world.”

I was thrilled to know our school motto this year will be ‘Walk the Talk. Be Strong and Courageous.’ Joshua 1:9. Our generous Character Education (CE) parents have devoted countless hours through the years delivering the message of respect, kindness, integrity etc. and this year they will be reinforcing to our students how to ‘Walk the Talk’ within CE. This is where Conscious Discipline integrated with our Character Education program will become really strong.

consiousDisciplineAs parents, you can learn and incorporate Conscious Discipline into your home. For more information, log onto https://consciousdiscipline.com/, or you may read Conscious Discipline by Dr. Becky A. Bailey. Additionally, Mrs. Williams will be presenting Conscious Discipline Live, a series of 7 video sessions at the Parish Campus, information on dates will be posted on the HTEA website.

Dipty Desai
STEM Educator
HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL ACADEMY

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