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Paulette Maggiacomo

Paulette Maggiacomo

May 2, 2022

Did you feel that whoosh of air that blew into Vero Beach on the Saturday, the ninth of April? That was Kim Jackson, Master Instructor from Conscious Discipline who joined over 125 early educators to explore how to implement Conscious Discipline practices in the classroom and to reflect on where each individual educator is on their Conscious Discipline journey.

Kim asked us to truly reflect on how we practice Conscious Discipline. Is it done with fidelity? Are we able to:

  • Compose ourselves before we engage with our children?

  • Are we aware of our triggers and are then able to implement the Five Steps to Self-Regulation (I am, I Calm, I Feel, I Choose, I Solve)?

  • Do we suspend judgement and notice using DNA (Describe, Name, Acknowledge)?

  • Do we use MRI (Model, Respond, Instruct)?

  • Most importantly, do we calm ourselves before we approach a child in need?

Conscious Discipline is journey and filled with many ‘oops’ moments. The goal is to continue on the path no matter how many curves may come our way. This leads us to the Post Test that you all completed. Let’s look at the three questions that proved the most challenging:

  • Brain Smart Start consists of the following four components: Activity to Unite (morning welcome song), Activity to Disengage Stress (breathing), Activity to Connect (I Love You Ritual), and the Activity to Commit (Safekeeper Routine). Remember that these activities should be incorporated all day long.

  • In order for change and transformation to occur, we must accept the moment as it is and embrace it; this is the prerequisite needed.

  • The Power of Love and Skill of Positive Intent integrate the two hemispheres of the brain so that we can achieve short-term goals. This allows us to see the best in others and create teaching moments when there is conflict.

We are very proud of you and thankful for all that you do for the children entrusted into your care!

In closing, here is a special message from Kim: Let your light continue to shine brightly. You’ve got this! Wishing you well on your continued journey. Love, Kim Jackson

Until next time, I too am wishing you well,


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