Parents are always concerned and interested in the how discipline works at the school of their choice. At Shepherd, we use Love and Logic skills, an internationally known and recognized classroom discipline model that has two components: (1) love that shows itself in understanding and empathy from the teachers (2) logic that shows itself by fostering learning through natural (logical) consequences overseen by the teacher. Love and Logic skills equip students for life in the real world by developing responsibility and problem solving skills. At Shepherd, we believe encouraging and equipping students to think for themselves, and learning from fixing their mistakes are the best ways to discipline.
Classrooms rules at Shepherd are simple and purposeful:
You will know how to treat me (your teacher) by watching how I treat you!
Feel free to do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t become a problem for me or another student.
If your behavior becomes a problem, I will ask you to fix it.
If you don’t fix, or don’t know how to fix it, I will fix it…but you might not like how I fix it.
If you think something in our classroom is unfair, please whisper to me: “I don’t think that’s fair.” We will talk about it.
Shepherd teachers always work to maintain the dignity of all students while approaching all discipline situations individually, because all students at Shepherd are individuals! Whenever there is a disciplinary situation, our teachers consider the following five questions and tailor the approach accordingly:
What exactly was the precipitating event?
What was the student’s motive or intent?
What is the student’s age, temperament and emotional development?
What was the event itself?
What was the actual damage or hurt caused?
Shepherd students are asked to take ownership and fix the problems they create and make restitution. Mistakes are great learning opportunities! Powerful emotional and experiential learning, as well as the opportunity to have many choices, help the pre-frontal cortex (decision making part of the brain) develop faster. That’s a good thing! Personal responsibility and accountability are also biblical values in keeping with Shepherd’s Christian foundation.
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