Conscious Discipline

Rick Schneider Middle School

Here you will find a collection of photographs, videos, and quotes from RSMS teachers and staff explaining how they use Conscious Discipline in the classroom.

Safe Place

CD Description: The Safe Place is an inviting space where teachers instruct and guide children through the self regulation process. Children may remove themselves from the group to practice ways to handle emotional upset through active calming in the Safe Place.

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Meaningful Jobs

CD Description: All students have a meaningful job each day that provides them with opportunities to be significant contributors to the School Family.

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Friends and Family Board

CD Description: The Friends and Family Board consists of picture boards and books that include photos of everyone in the School Family, including school personnel and the children's extended family.

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Ways to be Helpful

CD Description: The Ways to be Helpful Board or Book displays illustrations of expected behaviors. It is supported by the helpful language.

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Time Machine

CD Description: The Time Machine helps children learn to assertively handle verbal aggression (name-calling, teasing) and physical aggression (pushing, shoving) through role-play that changes hurtful interactions into the helpful behaviors.

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Picture Rule Cards

CD Description: Picture rule cards display your class rules in pictures showing to positive choices of acceptable behavior and one negative choice of unacceptable behavior.

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Celebration Center

CD Description: The Celebration Center provides children and adults a way to honor each other's efforts and achievements.

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We Care Center

CD Description: The We Care Center allocates time and materials for children to express their appreciation, concern and caring for others.

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Class/POD Meeting

CD Description: The class meeting is a structured time to guide children through problem solving while allowing open discussions about consequences. When following the sequence of a class meeting, adults, and children together come up with an imposed consequence that is fair, safe, and related to the problem.

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Safekeeper Ritual

CD Description: The Safekeeper Ritual is a way to verbally and non-verbally show children that the teacher's job is to help keep the class safe and the children's job is to help keep it safe.

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CD Description: Greetings are used to connect with children and families, assess the child's state and to help in the transition from home to school.

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Absent Child

CD Description: The absent child ritual sends the message to the child that we noticed you were gone, we missed you while you were away and we are glad you are back.

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Wish Well Board

CD Description: A Wish Well Board and Ritual helps children express caring for those who are absent or feel upset, and situations that seem out of their control.

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I Love You Rituals

CD Description: I love you rituals are activities that promote connection through eye contact, touch, presence, and playfulness. They help children increase attention span, reduce hyperactivity, build self-esteem and develop language skills.

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Transition Rituals

CD Description: Transition rituals include new/moving child, testing, end of the year and goodbye rituals. These rituals create unity and convey the message that we are all interconnected.

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Brain Smart Start

CD Description: The brain smart start is a routine composed of activities that unite, reduce stress, connect and commit. It helps class members shift to an organized internal state, and creates a biochemistry that balances and integrates brain, mind, and body.

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Visual Daily Schedule

CD Description: A consistent visual daily schedule helps build predictability and safety into the children's day.

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Visual Routines

CD description: Visual routines are the foundation for creating a safe, organized classrooms. Teachers M.A.P. expectations for daily routines like going to the RR, coming to circle and turning in HW. M=Model A=Add Visuals P=Practice

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CD language


· “You seem ______. You wanted __________. You were hoping __________.”

· Or “You _______ so that ______. That was helpful.”

· OR “Your face is going like this.”

Executive Skills

The executive state is the optimal state for problem-solving and learning.