Hisar School employs a positive discipline approach and complies with Turkish Ministry of Education regulations for grades PreK-12.
Definition and Purpose of Discipline
Discipline is composed of a range of strategies and practices to ensure effective school and classroom management and to support students to develop inner control rather than controlling their behavior by external forces. It teaches students responsible thinking, cooperation, mutual respect and shared decision making.
The purpose of discipline is to help children to acquire life long self-regulation skills, conflict resolution skills, being responsible for their own actions. The goal of discipline is to help students become aware of how their own actions affect others and how the choices they make can help them to overcome difficulties and conflicts. There are no good or bad children, but a variety of individuals who have a variety of needs.
Our discipline policy throughout the school is based on the principles below:
Students are treated with dignity.
- Teachers encourage children to act as active learners in the problem solving process, they do not solve problems themselves. Teachers acknowledge children’s feelings, encourage their initiative to do things by themselves.
- Teachers establish supportive environments to keep the conflicts at a minimum. They use several strategies to create supportive environments, each provides children with a sense of control and security.
i. They set developmentally appropriate limits and expectations for children.
ii. They provide variety of materials for children to choose and play or study.
iii. They set a consistent daily routine.
iv. They model proper ways of interacting with others and using materials.
v. They inform children about any change or incident beforehand.
- Children are expected to develop their inner control rather than controlled by external forces.
- Teachers use ‘I language’ and encourage children to use this language.
- Teachers use ‘encouragement’ versus ‘praise’. Punishment is replaced by natural consequences. Teachers encourage children to live the consequence of his/her actions by actually letting children experience it with the appropriate behavior related to the undesired behavior.
- At Hisar School, social conflicts are seen as important opportunities for active learning. Teachers help children to resolve the conflicts when they arise by using the seven steps below. Conflict resolution is a process and will take time, teachers consistently repeat the procedures below:
Step 1: Teachers approach the situation calmly.
Step 2: Teachers recognize children’s feelings and gather information.
Step 3: Teachers restate the problem according to what the children say.
Step 4: Teachers ask for ideas for solutions.
Step 5: Teachers restate the suggested solution(s) and ask children to make a decision about which one to use.
Step 6: Teachers encourage children to act on their decisions.
Step 7: Teachers give follow-up support. They might re-clarify the solutions.