Love & Logic

“A school wide culture of mutual respect”

It has been quite a growing process for charter schools in Arizona, and San Tan Charter School in particular. We have participated in that growth by sharing our commitment to helping teachers enjoy teaching and collaborating with their students and families; and encourage students to love learning, to be prepared to face challenges and develop critical thinking skills, along with building compassionate, strong, reciprocal relationships.

To that end, we have implemented the Love and Logic approach described as follows: The Love and Logic Institute has created a wonderful program for educators that is divided into 9 “skills”, or tools, to use for Classroom Management and to build relationships with their students. This program is used extensively throughout the country with great success. The 9 Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom are:

  • Neutralizing Arguing
  • Delayed Consequences
  • Empathy
  • Recovery Process
  • Developing Positive Teacher/Student Relationships
  • Setting Limits with Enforceable Statements
  • Using Choices to Prevent Power Struggles
  • Preventative Interventions
  • Guiding Students to Own and Solve Their Problems

This will allow all members of the San Tan team to teach from the same perspective and to support each other while guiding our students to be better prepared for life in all aspects.   We also have arranged for individual observations and coaching of educators as they implement these tools and skills, thereby building confidence in their abilities to connect with their students in a compassionate way.  We intend to continue offering personalized coaching going forward.

Recognizing that our parents also desire to be aware of and supportive of their child’s progress and school environment, we believe that offering parent workshops provides a bridge of learning, communication and support of the highly effective Love and Logic tools used at school, and how they can be integrated at home.  We facilitate parenting workshops, in a variety of formats to specifically address issues and concerns raised by our school community.

San Tan’s goals and scope of implementation for Love and Logic are centered on a school philosophy that includes the following:

  • A sense of community with collective goals, a family-like loving environment supporting study in a loving way.
  • A high level of expectation for parents and students with firm, yet kind, responses while practicing respect.
  • Desire for purposeful and meaningful work in an environment of learning and to treat students fairly.

What is Love and Logic® for Teachers?

Love and Logic® is a method of working with students which was developed by educational expert Jim Fay, child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline, M.D. and Charles Fay, Ph.D. Love and Logic has many tools for educators, Principals and districts that promote healthy parent/teacher and teacher/student relationships and positive school wide discipline.  And yes, Love and Logic works along with all other school discipline programs.  It actually makes them work better!

Love and Logic helps educators, administrators, and counselors:

  • Set limits in the classroom without anger
  • Provide underachievers hope and willingness when the going gets tough
  • Raise the odds for kids to stay in school
  • Build strong connections between home and school
  • Improve attendance
  • Manage disruptive students
  • Make teaching and learning more fun and productive
  • Immediately handle disruptive students
  • Get and keep students’ attention
  • Build positive student-teacher relationships
  • Help students own and solve their own problems
  • Bully proof children, diffuse power struggles, and handle difficult people

It works because:

  • When adults take care of themselves, they hand the problem back to the student who created it.
  • When the student has to solve the problem, they have to think.
  • When students have to think, they learn that decisions have consequences.
  • When students have to deal with consequences, they learn to think.
  • When we allow the student to deal with the consequences, they learn to think before they cause a problem.
  • When the student learns to ask themselves, “How is my behavior going to affect me?” they have learned self-control.