Hi everyone! Happy New
Year and I hope you had
some quality time to spend
as a family over the school winter break. It is exciting
to be back and I find myself well rested and ready to
go. We have a lot of exciting learning experiences
planned and exciting initiatives for the coming year.
For instance, you may have heard about
our technology. We now have 15 Ipads that
the students will be accessing to aid in
their learning! The world is at their
fingertips! Teachers and staff are
providing some excellent learning
opportunities for our children!
I thought I would include some tips on how we deal
with problems and conflicts here at school that you can
use at home. I know how you have
heard about the "NO, GO, TELL".
If someone is bothering you say
an assertive polite "No thank
you", if that doesn't work - walk
away, and if that does not solve
the problem - get an adult.
At School, staff use Collaborative Problem Solving. CPS
is based on the belief that children are communicating
feelings through behaviour. It helps the child take
responsibility for actions and solutions. The steps are
outlined below. If you would like more information,
there are plenty of resources on the web or contact
me at the school.
When a problem or problem behaviour happens, use a
calm voice and:
Step 1: Ask the child "What's up?" - and then wait
for some time for your child to respond - this
encourages the child to stop and reflect.
Step 2: Ask open ended questions (those that can not
be answered with "yes" or "no") like "What's going on?"
or "How are you feeling?" or "Why do you think you
were doing ____?" This helps the child identify what
may have caused the behaviour in the first place.
Step 3:Solutions and Plan - after discussing the above
ask "What do you think you could do differently?" You
can always throw in "I was thinking..." or "Why don't
Step 4: Revisit -After a few days - discuss with your
child how the "plan" is working.
This approach takes patience, practise and time! Good
luck and let us know how it goes!
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