Last summer I attended the week long Summer Institute for Conscious Discipline in Columbia, Missouri. Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based model of incorporating classroom management and socio-emotional learning. This approach utilizes brain research and teaches individuals how to resolve conflict and gain life skills. During my training, I learned how the Conscious Discipline journey starts with the individual and how you have to be aware of your own upbringing, triggers and upsets that may affect your approach with kids.
This school year my main focus was Conscious Discipline and modeling this strategy for staff and students. I visited Kindergarten, First grade and Second grade once a week teaching lessons from the Feeling Buddies Curriculum. I also modeled Conscious Discipline structures and rituals for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades during their monthly counselor lesson. I was a Lead Learner for the Conscious Discipline Cohort and presented the Brain-State Model, the 7 Skills & Powers and some of the structures & rituals during our Cross-District Professional Development. I have created and shared many resources that my cohort can access through our shared Google Drive. I have also made my counseling lessons visual by sharing on social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. This year Lewis Elementary’s staff made a commitment to implement a structure of Conscious Discipline. I chose to focus on teaching the Wish Well to all students and creating a staff Wish Well board in our office. Looking onward to future professional development, I have applied to be a helper and presenter at the upcoming Conscious Discipline Summer Institute and will look forward to continuing my journey. This training is hands-down the best of my professional career. It has changed my approach and outlook with helping students foster their own self-regulation.
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