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Positive Discipline in the Classroom

3 Credits
This course is designed for teachers and administrators of all grade levels and provides basic conflict management and meditation instruction, skill development, strategies, and practice based on the process of peace-making and restorative justice based discipline in the classroom. Positive Discipline in the Classroom articulates a reproducible step-by-step process to increase cooperation and mutual respect. It uniquely blends theory, strategies, and best practices of conflict resolution education, peacemaking, and restorative justice in the classroom and in schools. Understanding the core issues of facilitating student cooperation is presented in a clear and concise manner to support the positive behavior of all students. It is especially effective with those students who are most resistant to authority by involving them in processes that empower them to be responsible and accountable. Positive Discipline in the Classroom transforms discipline into learning experiences that decrease stress, improve effectiveness, and build relationships.

NOTE: Required books must be acquired separately.

This course is applicable towards the Restorative Strategies for the Classroom Certificate.

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Cynthia Kaitfors-Smith

It seems I am a teacher in my soul, as a young girl I played school with neighborhood friends (and I was the teacher of course). I began teaching dance in High School and then college as I was a dance major…but then switched my major to Psychology. I wanted to reach our students who are in need both academically and emotionally. As a school counselor I had many opportunities to reach our students, empower them with a "you can do this" attitude and prepare them for life…My goal as an Adjunct instructor is to once again empower and encourage but this time to teachers and administrators, which in turn will help their students reach their goals through positive discipline.