Classroom Management Practices

Suggest alternative behavior/activity to a child, changing the focus from the current negative to a desired positive behavior.

Natural/Logical Consequences
When safe and practical to do so, allow children to experience consequences of their own actions (Natural Consequences). When a child cannot be allowed to experience natural consequence (because of danger, prohibition, or not very obvious consequence), the teacher presents to the child a logical consequence.

Conflict Resolution
When two children are involved in an argument, a teacher will ask both children to participate in solving the problem as well as finding words to express the conflict and the feelings associated with the argument. The teacher will attempt to have both children reach a reasonable solution that they can both be in agreement with.

Prohibited Discipline Methods:
a. Corporal punishment shall not be used; including spanking.
b. No child shall be subjected to cruel or severe punishment, humiliation or verbal or physical abuse, or neglect.
c. No child shall be denied food as a form of punishment.
d. No child shall be punished for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet
e. No child may be fully and/or consistently deprived of participation in any significant portion of the program. Example: outside play, or special activity
f. Material goods may not be used as rewards or punishments.
g. Staff may not threaten to, or actually report a child's behavior to parent(s) for the purpose of intimidating the child.
h. Children will not be confined to a swing, high chair, crib, playpen or any other piece of equipment for an extended period of time, in lieu of supervision.
i. It is highly unusual for the behavior management technique known as "time out" to be used at PVMS. If it should be used, time out may not exceed one minute for each year of the child's age and must take place within an educator's view.

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