A Place to Connect Teachers and Support Children

Last time, we talked about the seven powers which are described in detail in Dr. Becky Bailey’s book, Conscious discipline.  From these powers, then emerge the seven basic skills of discipline.  These skills are each of the seven chapters of the books and will slowly be outlined over the course of the next few months.  I will shared direct quotes from the text as well as ways we have implemented it and made it our own in our classroom.

The seven skills are:

  1. Composure: Becoming the person you want children to be
  2. encouragement: Building a school family
  3. Assertiveness: saying “no” and being heard
  4. Choices: Building self-esteem and willpower
  5. Positive Intent: creating teaching moments
  6. Empathy: Handling the fussing and the fits
  7. Consequences: Helping children learn from their mistakes

Dr. Bailey also discusses in her book that these skills then filter and support the Life Values and Social Skills.  One of the wonderful things about Dr. Bailey books is that her techniques are all practical and build the foundation for another life process or skill.  Below are the seven life values and social skills!  I hope I have enticed you enough to get the books!

Life Values                                                                                                                 Social Skills

  1. Integrity                                                                                                               1. Anger management
  2. interdependence                                                                                                2. Helpfulness
  3. respect                                                                                                                  3. Assertiveness
  4. empowerment                                                                                                     4. Impulse Control
  5. diversity                                                                                                                5. Cooperation
  6. compassion                                                                                                          6. Empathy
  7. responsibility                                                                                                       7. Problem Solving

I can try to teach you all I have learned through this book but it is not the same as actually owning the text.  Dr. Bailey lays it out in a way where you have activities to do, scenarios to look for to use as teachable moments, ideas to practice, reflections, commitments, and facts.  Consider buying this book and following the blog and sharing your ideas.

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