"It's easy to dislike a kid who is creating problems," says Cotton Koch, the assistant principal at Storm Lake Middle School.
"It's easy to put them to the side but they are the ones that need our help the most."
Love and Logic, a program taught to parents and teachers, deals with personal relationships and building self-esteem in children. At an age where children are just leaning to be young adults it becomes necessary to learn responsibility and problem solving.
When faced with a problem some children are surprised when they hear their teachers and parents reply with "bummer, what are you going to do about it," but it is all part of the program.
"It's the greatest learning experience for some kids because for the first time they had to walk themselves through a problem," says Koch. "Some kids were surprised because they were used to having somebody else decide what they were going to do in a situation."
Enforceable limits, providing choices, and dealing with kids with empathy are the three major points taught in the Love and Logic program. These tools are used as a way to deal with discipline problems.
Read the rest of this story in the 3/13 Pilot Tribune.