Self-regulation programs like Conscious Discipline are most commonly used in early childhood programs and elementary schools. It makes sense to build vital skills during these foundational years. But what about the children who are never given the opportunity to learn self-regulation and other social and emotional skills?
By the time these students reach high school, we assume that they should already “know better.” However, this is often far from the truth. Making matters worse, adolescence is another critical time in brain development, and today’s high schools are high-pressure, anxiety-inducing environments. High school students who don’t know how to channel and regulate emotions often internalize them, ultimately lashing out. High school students, too, need supportive, safe, and connected environments where they can freely express their emotions and learn to manage them.
Steve Hummer, a high school Social Studies teacher, father, and Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, recognizes the need for safety and connection among high school students. He uses Conscious Discipline in his classroom to help students feel comfortable, welcome, and safe enough to learn and make connections. Listen in as Steve shares why Conscious Discipline belongs in high schools and how he has used it to build a powerful sense of community in his classroom.
• During adolescence, the prefrontal lobes are under major reconstruction and several vital pathways in the brain are beginning to mature. This is a time when self-regulation is essential, yet most high schools have no self-regulation programs in place.
• Now more than ever, high school is a time of stress, pressure, anxiety, and competition between students. Students who don’t know how to manage emotions dangerously internalize them, often acting out or lashing out as a result.
• We typically assume that high school students have self-regulation skills just because they have the language, but this is frequently not the case.
• High school students need a “we culture” of collaboration, safety, and ownership in order to be available for learning. They need to know that people care about them and will look out for them.
• This type of environment is also helpful for the teacher, who feels safe and supported by the students. The sense of community allows teachers to feel less overwhelmed and more capable of teaching effectively.
• ConsciousDiscipline.com (https://consciousdiscipline.com/)
• Seven Powers (https://consciousdiscipline.com/methodology/seven-powers/)
• Seven Skills (https://consciousdiscipline.com/methodology/seven-skills/)
• Steve Hummer, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/instructors/steve-hummer/)
:21 What is Conscious Discipline?
2:30 Two reasons self-regulation is vital for adolescents
6:05 Introduction to guest Steve Hummer
7:15 Why Conscious Discipline belongs in high schools
9:47 How to approach Conscious Discipline with high school students
10:30 High school students and anxiety, stress, and competition
12:40 Creating a safe, welcoming, and connected environment
18:01 Learning is about the student, not the teacher
19:40 Class goals, agreements, and commitments
23:15 Conscious Discipline spreading organically to other teachers
25:47 How Conscious Discipline helps teachers feel safe and less overwhelmed too
31:02 What’s Becky up to?
31:23 What’s Becky celebrating?
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