Behavior at Anchorage Montessori School (AMS) is based on a positive attitude toward children, awareness of the developmental psychology of children, and the unique ability to view and address each childʼs needs as an individual. Students are taught that AMS is a peaceful school based upon mutual respect and care for the community. Teachers model appropriate behaviors, and teach students problem-solving skills and conflict resolution strategies. The goal is to help children arrive at inner discipline through concentrated work, and the child is assisted in developing the skills necessary to control his/her own actions to develop self-discipline. Natural and/or logical consequences are used as a means of helping the child to develop inner limits. Teachers explain the reasons for limits or rules to be sure children understand the need for them, and strive to create an environment to promote learning, where children feel safe and secure.
Anchorage Montessori School encourages students to show respect for differences including but not limited to race, gender, and religion. This is done while fostering a school environment free from all forms of bullying and intimidation whether physical, social, emotional, or verbal. The schoolʼs focus, based on Montessori pedagogy, is on preventative measures for such behaviors, by teaching children how to:
- Be caring and courteous
- Cooperate with others
- Deal with angry feelings
- Stand up for themselves without being aggressive
- Respect and celebrate the unique qualities of every person
- Make appropriate behavioral and academic choices
Download our Behavior Policy PDF.