Do You Know Your Love and Logic?
Stressing positive teacher-student relationships, empathetic adults, and differentiated consequences, are the core beliefs of the Love and Logic philosophy. The foundation of Love & Logic is positive bonds between teachers and students, so children want to be compliant; and using techniques to avoid arguments and power struggles. Our staff makes an effort to express empathy when students disobey the rules and tailor consequences to meet the needs of individual students and infractions.
This is what makes us different! Discipline shouldn't be a one-size-fits-all approach. We respond to students based upon the special person they are and the special situation(s) they may be experiencing. We do not have a list of infractions and consequences that we apply to all students when they have behavior issues. Instead, because we have taken the time to build relationships with students, and we have taken the time to learn who they are as people and the struggles they may face, we are able to tailor consequences that we are confident will have a stronger impact on a student's future decision making.
Love and Logic allows the student to take responisbility for his or her choices, instead of blaming others or being angry at others for their poor decisions or lapses in judgement.
Students are expected to memorize, understand, write, recite, and follow THE FOUR PROMISES and HOW I RUN MY LOVE AND LOGIC CLASSROOM as they are written below:
THE FOUR PROMISES (These are the promises that a student makes when choosing to attend ACAS)
- I promise to treat others with respect and dignity.
- I promise to appreciate diversity.
- I promise to diligently pursue my education and to respect other people’s right to pursue their education.
- I promise to obey the rules of this school and to conduct myself with honor.
HOW I RUN MY LOVE AND LOGIC CLASSROOM (This is the official school discipline code)
- I will treat you with respect, so you will know how to treat me.
- Feel free to do anything that doesn’t cause a problem for anyone else.
- If you cause a problem, I will ask you to solve it.
- If you can’t solve the problem, or choose not to, I will do something.
- What I do will depend on the special person and the special situation.
- If you feel something is unfair, whisper to me, “I’m not sure that’s fair,” and we will talk.