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At SSDS we agree with MSDE’s Office of Child Care, that:
“The goal of discipline is to help children gain self-control, learn to respect the rights of others, and learn rules by which the adult world operates. One of the basic ingredients to good behavior management is to develop a trusting relationship with a child through love, respect and consistency. The child has to learn the difference between the inner world of feelings (the right to be angry) and the outer world where behavior must be controlled and limited – it is a part of being socialized. A child without limits gets very insecure. A child feels safer when s/he knows where the limits are. Too many limits and a child will get resistant and exhibit a lack of self-control. ‘Sympathetic firmness’ makes a happy medium.”
It is never acceptable for an adult to discipline a child using physical means (hitting, slapping, spanking). Verbal attempts should be made to prevent or stop a child from acting inappropriately (harmful behavior) and never used to embarrass or shame. Parents volunteering in the classroom should make the teacher aware of any situation requiring discipline and defer to the teacher’s judgment.
With the use of these strategies, the majority of children will understand what is expected of them and have a positive classroom experience.
In the event that a child is having difficulty in the classroom, the procedures outlined below will be followed.