Essential Learning Question: What do I need to know and be able to do to create and sustain a positive school environment for students, so that they don’t feel humiliated because of their mistakes but are empowered to learn from them?
Facilitator: Summer Li
Workshop Language: English (additional support provided in Mandarin if required by participants)
Date: March 28 and 29, 2019
Registration Fees are as follows:
Please be reminded that the with holding tax of 20% will be quoted separately AND let us know if your school require to list the tax on the invoice.
Venue: Kaohsiung American School
Our Goal: For participants to leave with the confidence and tools necessary to play a larger role in managing classroom activities, communication with students and parents, as well as ensure a positive schooling environment.
Everyone working in a school should be considered an educator; no matter what role they have in a school. Unfortunately, our teaching assistants and other front-line administrative staff like bus monitors, who have the ability to contribute a lot, are often relied upon the least to support student learning and life in school.
Participants will experience how developing the relationships with one-self, students, colleagues, and parents can:
Additional outcomes from applying the skills taught in this program will reinforce social-emotional and leadership skills.
Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs, and is designed to teach children to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Based on the best-selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and co-authors Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin and others, Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and support staff). Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave and focus more on learning. To be successful contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills.
The 5 Criteria
Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches. Dr. Jane Nelsen gives the following criteria for “effective discipline that teaches”:
Using positive discipline techniques can help educators and students overcome many communication challenges and help students learn and make better choices in the future. In fact, using positive discipline in the school not only increases academic success in the classroom but provides many other benefits, including:
These are just a few of the benefits that can be seen from using positive discipline techniques with students. Additionally, the benefits also extend beyond the classroom, into the home life, sports and social environment of the student, from being more respectful to everyone to understanding the social norms in different situations.
Positive discipline is a more effective way to address student behavior concerns. It allows students to learn and adapt their behaviors to meet expectations in the school, while simultaneously teaching them how to make better choices on their path to adulthood. In a Positive Discipline School, every adult:
There are many techniques that teachers can use to reinforce good behavior with positive discipline, including:
Summer has been working in education for more than 15 years. She began her teaching career teaching English at public schools in Beijing, China, and since then has accrued more than 10 years of experience working in international education. Her main interests are Individualized Learning, Classroom Management, Cross-Cultural Communication, Organizational Management and Leadership. She has facilitated numerous workshops for ACAMIS (Association for China and Mongolia International Schools) related to communications, classroom management and operational effectiveness.
In addition to teaching, Summer has had several Administrative and Leadership roles. She was the Learning Center Director of Yue Cheng Education Research Institute, affiliated with Beijing City International School, where she was responsible for researching and coordinating professional development programs related to progressive Western educational pedagogy and methodologies with the purpose of introducing best practices to Chinese national educators. She also worked for Kai Wen Education where she was responsible for Communications and Development.
Summer holds a bachelor degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Summer is a Certified Positive Discipline in the Classroom Educator, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, is certified to facilitate Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and will soon finish her Cognitive Coaching certification.
|8:30-9:30||Warm-up and introduction to Positive Discipline:
Why and how to interact with children kindly and firmly
|It’s quite common to use rewards and/or punishment to discipline children, but what is the expectation of the results of these methods and are they aligned with the expectations for the children’s expected behavior? Positive Discipline empowers children to better understand their feelings and ensures a kind but firm way to interact with children.|
|9:30-10:20||Top Cards: What Animal are Uou?||One of the founders of Positive Discipline, psychologist and therapist Dr. Lynn Lott, developed this fun and effective activity to understand why people behave differently. Through the activity and understanding it’s relationship to behavioral psychology, participants will understand their own and their students’ needs and expectations when interacting with others.|
|10:30-11:30||Positive Behavior Management – Outside the Classroom||We discuss practical strategies to help participants identify different behaviors and disciplinary strategies for students out of the classroom in a positive, collaborative, caring and firm way.|
|11:30 – 12:00||How to talk so students will listen||The way we talk to our students has a significant impact on their learning and ability to listen. We are continually modeling to students how to act and behave, and the way we talk to them establishes a norm for communication for them. The way we speak to them and others is showing them how we want them to respond to us. Aggressive or passive communication doesn’t work very well. Assertive communication is firm, consistent, clear, positive, warm and confident. Assertively communicating with children is a real skill, yet it shows your students that the teacher or supportive staff is in control and will encourage students to listen.|
|12:00 – 13:00||Lunch|
|13:00-14:30||(Cont.) How to talk to have students listen||Assertive Communication Strategies|
|14:30-16:00||Empathic Listening||Sometimes the misbehavior of students is a result of not having listened to them. Besides putting attention to their words, we also need to understand their feelings and needs. Empathic listening is a dynamic and compassionate process that calls for us to identify and process non verbal messaging as well. Empathic Listening shows that you care about their thoughts and feelings and helps them to identify and articulate the feeling they have.|
|16:00-16:30||Synthesis and put into practice||To discuss what we have learned and how to apply it to our daily work.|
|8:30 – 10:20||Understanding the Misbehavior of Students – In the Classroom||Understand why children misbehave and what to do about it - the misbehaving child is a discouraged child who needs encouragement the most but often gets it the least. Children have limited ways to express their needs. In this session, we will experience how to understand the behaviors of the students and how to deal with it appropriately.|
|10:30 – 12:00||Conflict resolution||Repairing relationships is difficult for anyone. We will explore and practice strategies for rebuilding trust. These strategies are also relevant to mediate conflict between others.|
|13:00-14:30||Team dynamics||We need to collaborate for solving problems. Participants will be taught how to use the Teacher Helping Teacher(THT) Problem Solving Steps where teachers learn to help each other with real challenges. We will also discuss how to express our appreciation for colleagues to increase trust and the sense of familiarity.|
|14:30 – 14:40||Tea Break|
|14:40-16:00||Dance floor activity||Participants practice the skills they have learned and see how all the skills are used together, with the intention to develop confidence of the effectiveness for applying all the skills.|
|16:00 – 16:30||Synthesis and sharing||Sharing what we have learned and plan how to use in our daily work.|
Thank you so much for your interest. We reached the maximum capacity of the main conference room. We can no longer accept new participants.