The Montessori Method works to make discipline habitual and internally native to each student.
To do this we adhere to a practice of guiding, productivity-based discipline rather than distractive, punishment-based discipline.
The Montessori Method speaks of the mastery of discipline as a mastery of internal discipline, otherwise known as Self-Discipline.
We start with the belief that every child is inherently good and, while disorderly conduct may occasionally erupt in classrooms, students want order and peace more than they desire chaos and disobedience. Working from this belief, we teach self-discipline through guiding re-engagement of distracted students.
Our educators are trained to discern disorderly behavior from distracted behavior and react appropriately to achieve the goal of developing the student’s internal disciplinary voice. They are practiced at perceiving the earliest signs of distraction and poor conduct so as to facilitate a persistently disciplined mindset in students. Through this early intervention and consistent guidance, students develop greater self-discipline, disciplinary instincts, independent agency, confidence in their capacity for good decision making, and show a greater ability to direct their concentration than their peers that experience mainly punishment-based discipline.
We see self-discipline as a necessity to developing healthy citizens and integral to achieving active peace in our classrooms.