A misbehaving child is a discouraged child.

Rudolf Dreikurs

About Chip DeLorenzo, M.Ed.

Chip DeLorenzo has been a Montessori educator since 1995.  He is the former Head of School of the Damariscotta Montessori School, where he spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator. Chip is the co-author, with Jane Nelsen, of Positive Discipline in the Montessori Classroom, and is a Positive Discipline trainer and school consultant. As a trainer and presenter, Chip has worked with thousands of Montessori teachers and parents in teaching the principles and practices of Positive Discipline through various workshops and lectures. He holds Early Childhood, Lower and Upper Elementary AMS certifications, and has worked extensively with Montessori Adolescent students. Chip is the father of four Montessori children, and he and his wife, Kathy, live in Jefferson, Maine. 

Chip DeLorenzo

About Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline is used as a foundational approach to classroom and school discipline in many Montessori schools throughout the United States because of its continuity with the Montessori principles of respect and independence.

Positive Discipline is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolph Dreikurs, contemporaries of Maria Montessori. The primary goal of the approach is to help create a social/emotional environment where children are given the tools to to succeed in becoming responsible, respectful and capable members of their communities and families. Based on the best-selling books of Jane Nelsen, PhD, Positive Discipline teaches important life and social skills in a manner that is deeply respectful of both children and adults.

Recent brain research reveals that children are “hardwired” at birth to connect with others, and that children who experience a sense of connection with their school community (peers and adults) and family are more likely to exhibit successful social behaviors, such as cooperation, respect, interdependence, confidence and helpfulness. However, in order to experience this success, children must learn the necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught, and that discipline teaches.

The five criteria for effective discipline:

  1. It helps children experience a sense of connection. (belonging and significance)
  2. It is mutually respectful and encouraging. (kind and firm at the same time)
  3. It is effective long-term. (considers what the child is thinking, feeling, deciding and learning about himself and his world)
  4. Teaches important life-skills. (respect, concern for others, problem solving, empathy, helpfulness)
  5. It invites children to discover how capable they are. (encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy)

Additional Positive Discipline Resources

See a list of Positive Discipline Books for Teachers

See a list of Positive Discipline Books for Parents

Other Positive Discipline Websites


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