Trinity in Action
Discipline and Guidance
Trinity Lutheran ECM staff members are trained to use a positive method of discipline and guidance that encourages self-esteem, self-control, and self-direction. Just a few examples used in this situation are: praise and encouragement of good behavior instead of focusing only upon unacceptable behavior; reminding a child of behavior expectations daily by using clear, positive statements and redirecting behaviors. There may be times during the day when a supervised separation time is needed. Each classroom has the Grace Place where students can go to calm themselves down before rejoining their friends in play. If the child’s behavior needs more attention the teacher will speak to the child on their level and try to help them understand that the choices they are making are not in line with the established rules. They may have a thinking spot in the classroom where they will have the child sit and think of a choice that is in line with the established classroom rules. The thinking chair will be used according to the child’s age and development and limited to one minute per year of the child’s age. The teacher will return to the child and discus what ideas they came up with that would have been a good choice. If necessary the teacher will help the child come up with ideas.