Discipline Philosophy

 

Schools belong to the parents, community, students and teachers.  The school community serves as a common ground allowing students and teachers to form partnerships, which will foster learning in a positive and caring environment.  The teacher serves as a guide to the student traveling along the path to knowledge and learning.

 

A successful learning atmosphere is created when students and teachers are able to interact in a positive and safe environment.  Discipline and self-discipline are important tools, which help students, and teachers create an optimum learning environment.

 

The Middle School Discipline Plan has been created to help students and teachers create an optimum learning environment.  The content of the discipline plan is based on the right of the teacher and student to teach and learn in a safe and positive environment.  Students, school staff, and parents share the responsibility of promoting and maintaining this environment.

 

Students are expected to be positive participants in relation to the school community.  The same behavior that is expected of students at school is also expected of them both before and after school hours on school grounds and at all school sponsored activities.  The student expectations that the school community has of students today teach them the same expectations the community will have of them as responsible citizens. 

 

Rules and guidelines for behavior are not designed to be traps to "catch" students doing something wrong so that a student can be punished.  These rules and guidelines are established to provide structure to help students develop a sense of self-discipline. 

 

A student's actions should be directed to improving the school and the school's learning environment.  There may be times when a student has difficulty acting in a positive manner.  When students create a problem for themselves or someone else, they will be guided with concern and respect through owning and solving the problem. 

 

The staff has developed the following “Principles of Discipline” so students and parents know how the staff will relate with the students.

 

Principles of Discipline

When students create a problem for themselves or others, the staff will intervene to stop or change that behavior.  The staff recognizes that everyone makes mistakes.  How the staff reacts to these mistakes, and how the staff intervenes can help the students learn from their mistakes.  The staff believes in following these principles:

 

1.  The student and the situation will be handled on an individual basis.  At Madison Middle School we believe that every situation is unique.  Different strategies work for different students and different situations.  Teachers are also unique, so different teachers may use different strategies. 

 

2.  The student will be encouraged to make decisions to solve problems and will live with the consequences of those decisions.  School staff will always advise or guide students to do what they believe is best for the student and the school.  Now is the time for students to learn effective decision-making.  Consequences are not as great now as when the student becomes an adult.

 

3.  The student will solve the problem so it does not make a problem for others.  The staff encourages problem solving in Madison Middle School.  The staff teaches and models respect for each other and responsibility for our actions.  The student will be guided through a problem solving process where they will learn to recognize the rights of others and acquire appropriate decision-making skills.

 

4.  The student will take ownership for actions and feelings and will be left with a feeling that he/she has some control.  Students have alternatives, or choices.  With these choices, students have control of their consequences.

 

5.  The student will learn from his/her problem.  The student needs guidance for understanding the situation and time for reflection.   

 

6.  Students will be given the opportunity to maintain their respect and self esteem.  A student's self-concept can be enhanced even during situations in which students are being disciplined or required to meet firm expectations. 

 

7.  An equal balance of consequences and concern replace punishment whenever possible.  Students need to understand the relationship between their decisions and the consequences that result.  Consequences will be given showing genuine concern for the student's problem.   This alleviates some power struggles and encourages self-reflection.  

 

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