Gentle Discipline - A Contradiction No More

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The words gentle and discipline are a contradiction of sorts. While gentle denotes tenderness and pacification, discipline is often associated with rigid rules and even punishment. Apparently, these two words can be used harmoniously together and result to better parenting.

"Gentle Discipline" will be one of the featured topics for the series of seminars to be facilitated  by Miriam College's Teacher Institute - G.U.R.O. The acronym stands for Growth, Upgrading, and Resource Office. G.U.R.O. is primarily focused on the personal and professional development of teachers and educators through accessible and continuing programs. 

This is exactly the reason why G.U.R.O. has organized a series of training workshops entitled Capacity Building for Public and Private School Teachers in the Early Grades (Preschool to 3rd grade). These are Saturday Seminars which will be held at Miriam College, Nuvali, Calamba, Laguna. The half-day seminar offered to parents just confirms that it takes the combined powers of parents and educators to bring up well-adjusted and productive children.

Schedule of Seminars

Aug 23, 2014
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Classroom Management
Aug 30, 2014
8:00 AM – 12:00 NN
Gentle Discipline
(A half-day seminar for parents)
Sept 20, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Teaching Reading and Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) in the K to 12 Program
Oct 11, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Teaching Math in the K to 12 Program
Nov 8, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Teaching Science in the K to 12 Program

The Parents' Seminar costs PhP 450.00 including snacks and handouts. Teachers' seminars cost PhP 1,000.00 per topic. This covers meals, handouts, and certificate. Those who wish to participate in any of the seminars are encouraged to pay in full at least 5 days prior to the scheduled seminar date. 

 Please deposit your payment to:
    Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) account # 3081-1112-42.
    Account name:  Miriam College Foundation Inc.

Those who paid through banks are requested to fax or email a copy of their deposit slip to the number below.
If you are unable to make the full payment in advance, a non-refundable partial payment of PhP 300 is requested for every teacher participant also at least 5 days before the seminar-workshop.  The balance of PhP 700 may be paid on seminar day.

For parents attending the Gentle Discipline Seminar, full payment is likewise requested by August 18, 2014.  Otherwise, a partial payment of PhP 200 per parent is requested also by August 18, 2014; the balance of PhP 250.00 may be paid on the day of the seminar.

Contact Person: Desiree Pante
Telephone: (+632) 580-5400 up to 29 Loc. 1118
Fax: (02) 433-8500
Mobile: 0923 6890049/ 0916 5016787

Course Description

I.  Classroom Management
This course presents best practices in classroom and behavior management - from organizing time, materials, and classroom space to strategies for managing individual and large group student behaviors, transitions, lab activities, and other arrangements for classrooms in general.

II.  Gentle Discipline
Positive discipline helps a child develop a conscience guided by his own internal discipline and compassion for others. Discipline that is empathetic, loving, and respectful strengthens the connection between parent and child. Rather than reacting to behavior, discover the needs leading to the behavior. Communicate and craft solutions together while keeping everyone's dignity intact.

III.  Reading and Mother Tongue Based Multi Lingual Education
This course aims to provide teachers with the deeper knowledge, understanding and application of the mother tongue based multi lingual education.

IV. Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the K-12 Program
The sequence covers a spectrum of fundamental mathematical concepts most applicable for teaching at the elementary level. Among the topics covered are sets, logic, numeration systems, development of real numbers, integers, decimals and percentages, fractions, proportion and ratios, functions and graphing, geometry and measurement.

V. Methods of Teaching Science in the K-12 Program
This course is designed to acquaint prospective elementary teachers with current methodologies of teaching science for understanding and will provide you with practical experience, theoretical background, and pedagogical skills. This will be accomplished through modeling and by learning to design inquiry based lessons that provide strategies for dealing with the incredible challenge of teaching science integrating the seven environmental principles.

My Say

We parents usually think we know what's best for our children but most of the time we succeed in giving them the exact opposite. Discipline is an area where parents would lock horns with because of the many ways it can be done. We come from different environments, grow in different upbringings, and learn different values. It is no wonder there are so many views about discipline.

That said, in raising our young children, Gentle Discipline is worth considering. It is not about being weak parents, it is about putting respect and empathy at the very center of our parenting efforts. Instilling fear in our children will backfire, and we will never want that to happen. We can discipline our children gently and reap the benefits of doing so.

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