Behavior Shaping Policy

Part of the preparation of the environment for the child’s learning

involves the establishment of ground rules of human behavior.

This provides the limits for the group and for the individual.

Nancy Rambusch

American Montessori Society Founder


The ground rules at The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca are simple and all encompassing:

  1. Respect yourself
  2. Respect others
  3. Respect the environment

When a child has broken a rule at our school he/she is asked to come up with a reasonable solution with the support of his/her teachers so that the behavior will not occur again.  If the child’s solution does not work and subsequent incidents occur, the child is sent to the office where a new solution is proposed by the child, with the support this time of the office staff.  The child fills out a form which is brought home for parents to sign, and a meeting is scheduled between parents, teachers and Laura or Anne.  If the child is involved in a further incident, the child calls his/her parent and must leave school for the remainder of the day.  Child and parent together process the issue, look at solutions that have not worked and come up with a new solution that holds promise.  An 8:45 a.m. meeting between Laura or Anne, the child, the child’s teacher and the parent is called for the following day. A new solution is presented by the child; if it is a reasonable solution and the child seems ready to be at school, the child is welcome to return to school that morning.