Wiley Wednesday

Teaching and Learning

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Behind the Scenes Look

Throughout the school year, the Wiley staff is never stagnant in their own learning and professional growth. They strive for continuous improvement while participating in numerous initiatives to address the social/emotional and academic needs of our students. Within these initiatives is Conscious Discipline. This year, the Wiley Staff committed to the first of a multi-year learning journey with CD certified trainers. HUGE thanks to your Wiley PTA for generously supporting this school-wide initiative. We had our first session with our certified trainer (the extraordinary Kim Hughes) in August and our next follow-up is scheduled for next Tuesday's early release. A parent session is in the works and we hope to provide information soon for your planning purposes.

What is Conscious Discipline?

Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive social and emotional intelligence classroom management program that empowers both teachers and students. It is a program based in current brain research/child development and developmentally appropriate practices with the goal to provide systematic change in schools from a traditional compliance model of discipline to a relationship-based community model. While we at Wiley have implemented elements of the Conscious Discipline program, we are extremely excited to be participating in school-wide professional development sessions tailored specifically to our school needs. THANK YOU PTA!

Tell Me More ...

Conscious Discipline was created by Dr. Becky Bailey, an internationally renowned expert in child developmental psychology, Conscious Discipline is built on the premise of developing discipline within children rather than applying discipline to them. It can be pictured as a pyramid with four stages.

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Brain States Model (the base of the pyramid)
  • Helping children progress from physical or verbal aggression to calm self-regulation, freeing them to make better choices and empathize with others.

Seven Powers as Adults

  • Among these powers is the ability to see discipline as an opportunity to teach rather than a disruption... and to stay in control of our own actions, creating the safest of environments for our students.

Connect Members of the School Family

  • Building stronger connections in the classroom and school community will increase students willingness to solve problems together rather than fight against each other.
  • Attention seeking behaviors in children are automatically reduced at this stage, which isn't surprising since most people crave connection more than attention.

Seven Skills of Discipline

  • New ways of responding to events will help students develop kindness and self-respect, honor those different than themselves, solve problems with compassion, and grow into responsible adults.