Eight Mondays
1.11 | 1.25 |2.1| 2.8 | 2.22 | 3.1 | 3.8 | 3.15

7 - 9pm EST
6 -8pm CST

5 - 7pm MT

4 - 6pm PST


Positive Discipline is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their communities. 

Based on the best selling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen, it teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others). Recent research tells us that children are “hardwired” from birth to connect with others and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn the necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.


Effective discipline…

1) Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance)

2) Is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time.)

3) Is effective long - term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world – and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.)

4) Teaches important social and life skills. (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, school, or larger community.)

5) Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)

This workshop will connect you with other Montessori educators to learn how to implement a respectful and time-tested classroom management approach that builds responsibility, independence, motivation, and empathy within your classroom community.

Participants will learn to:

  • Create a classroom social/emotional environment that will reduce misbehavior

  • Develop clear and consistent practices amongst the adults in their classrooms to meet behavioral challenges respectfully and effectively

  • Understand the roots of misbehavior in children

  • Implement respectful, effective tools to help children develop self-regulation, cooperation, and independence

  • Address chronic misbehavior

  • Help children find a sense of belonging and significance in their classroom community

  • Effectively train assistants in classroom management

  • Develop school-wide practices that will help parents as well as teachers.

  • For more information email Chip at  chipdelorenzo@montessori.org

Chip DeLorenzo has been in Montessori education for 25 years in the capacity of the teacher (3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 12-14) and administrator.  He is a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and the Head of School for the Damariscotta Montessori School.

 "I have been implementing Positive Discipline principles in my own classrooms and schools since I was a first-year teacher.  Having a concrete way to reduce misbehavior and help children become happy, contributing members of the classroom community saved me from burnout as a teacher; and has helped me resolve innumerable behavioral difficulties over the years as a head of school.  

Our school has adopted Positive Discipline as its formal discipline policy, and we have found it an invaluable method to empower children to become respectful, confident, and independent problem-solvers, and ultimately to facilitate normalization.  It has also been one of the greatest tools that we have used to get staff and parents “on the same page” and support one another with one in helping children find social and emotional success in our school community and at home."

Course curriculum

  • 01


    Show Content
    • Welcome and Zoom Link
    • How to use this course
    • Welcome to the Course
    • As we prepare to start
    • Planned Schedule for our Course
    • Before we begin...
    • Discussion Forum
  • 02

    Module 1 - Philosophy, Misbehavior and What We Want

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    • Introduction
    • Workshop Handouts - Please Download & Print
    • Why Are Kids So Different Today
    • The Philosophy
    • Zoom Recording from 1/11/2021
    • Audio Recording from 1/11/2021
    • Zoom Chat from 1/11/2021
  • 03

    Module 2 - Why do they do that?

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    • The Roots of Misbehavior
    • Connection Before Correction
    • Mistaken Goal Chart
    • Chart of interventions by mistaken goal
    • Teachers Top Card
    • Top Card
    • Top Card 2
  • 04

    Module 3 - Setting Limits and Focusing on Solutions

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    • Preparing the Environment - Foundation and Structure
    • Setting Limits with Kindness and Firmness at the Same Time
    • Teachers Helping Teachers
  • 05

    Module 4 - Moving from Logical Consequences to Solutions

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    • Moving From Logical Consequences to Solutions
    • More Kind and Firm Tools
  • 06

    Module 5 - Building Self-Regulation and Independence

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    • Self-Regulation and the Brain
    • Developing Independent Problem Solvers
  • 07

    Module 6 - The Art of Listening and Communicating

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    • Listening and Questions
    • Communication Skills
  • 08

    Module 7 - Conflict Resolution and Encouragement

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    • Conflict Resolution
    • Encouragement
  • 09

    Module 8 - Class Meetings - The Hub!

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    • The Class Meeting Overview
    • The Primary Class Meeting
    • The Primary Class Meeting - Questions and Answers
    • The Elementary and Adolescent Class Meeting
    • The Elementary Class Meetings - Questions and Answers