This primer on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching: A Primer for Filipino Teachers is made through the cooperation of E-Net Philippines, Department of Education and Save the
Children. Its purpose is to help teachers apply a positive discipline approach in classroom management. It outlines steps teachers can follow and situations they can refer to in
applying positive and non-violent discipline.
This Primer consists of four (4) main parts. The first is mainly a discussion on Corporal Punishment, its magnitude, and the legal basis for prohibiting its practice in school. The second part is a brief introduction on the Positive Discipline Model or the PDET Building Block, which identifies the key elements of the PDET approach. The third and main section is a twenty two (22) page spread on “Examples of Responding with Positive Discipline”. Also, contained in page 41 is a note on the teachers’ well-being to support and help them cope with stress. The Primer is capped with a list of references and helpful reading materials for further study on positive discipline.
The ten (10) common classroom cases presented in this Primer were compiled through inputs of teachers, pupils/students, and experts during a series of focus group discussions conducted by E-Net Philippines and Save the Children. These were further reinforced by information on the common cases reported to the Department of Education. The cases presented show how to respond with positive discipline. However, the steps and methods outlined in the Primer are not the only ways in which we can apply positive discipline and handle challenges. It is encouraged that teachers explore other ways to teach students how to manage their emotions and resolve conflict without hurting them physically and emotionally. In order to cultivate an environment where the children thrive
and grow healthily, we must find ways to help rear them in the most positive way we can.
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