Discipline with Purpose

In 2012 Chilton Area Catholic School adopted the “Discipline With Purpose” program.  This program helps children learn to become self-directed adults. It helps teach responsibility and respect in language children can understand.  It also encourages educators to rethink their role as disciplinarians to teachers of self-discipline.

Don’t Just Discipline, Teach Self-Discipline!




• Rules or regulations established by authorities to help bring order. • The ability “to wait” to Think, Restrain impulsivity,   Delay an immediate gratification of need.
• Extrinsic motivation: What others do to me. • Intrinsic motivation: What I do for myself.
• Needed when others cannot act appropriately. • Skills that can be learned  to help people grow up.
• Needed almost exclusively until a child is developmentally five. • Can be internalized when a child is developmentally five.
• Consequences or disciplinary actions may be the same: for all. • Consequences can change depending upon circumstances, motives and intentions.



There are 15 self-discipline skills that are used as a framework for making decisions about a person’s growth in self-discipline. This frame-work is the heart of the Discipline With Purpose program.


The Fifteen Self-Discipline Skills

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Basic Skills Prompted Birth-K  Internalized Grs. K-3rd 1. Listening  2. Following Instructions 3. Questioning 4. Sharing: Time, Space, People and Things 5. Exhibiting Social skills
Constructive Skills Prompted Grs. K-3rd  Internalized Grs. 3-7 6. Cooperating with Others  7. Understanding the Reason for Rules 8. Independently Completing a Task 9. Exhibiting Leadership 10. Communicating Effectively


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