Last week, students questioned what is the most effective way teachers should address disobedience in school in our #DoNowDiscipline post. We asked students, Explain what discipline looks like at your school. Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?
The Federal government proposed new disciplinary guidelines for the classroom to create a more positive environment. This decision was prompted by data suggesting that punishments like suspension are given disproportionately to minority students. One of the alternative approaches the government suggests educators to use is PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support. Instead of removing students from the classroom when they misbehave, students should be rewarded for following school rules. As more and more schools are implementing positive discipline, some educators are questioning the effectiveness of positive discipline and if it’s too “soft.”
Throughout the week, students analyzed the pros and cons to different types of discipline in the classroom, often comparing what works best for them at school. While many acknowledged the importance of creating rules to maintain a peaceful classroom, some expressed concern over how discipline may impact a student in a negative way. The majority of students argued that positive discipline works better, as it boosts students’ confidence.
More positive discipline
Many students believed a more positive school environment would encourage students to behave.
— Hoa le (@HoaLe97vn) May 12, 2014
— Kortney M (@18kmcc) May 15, 2014
— Michael Jason Yan (@jyanwh02) May 13, 2014
But would students learn the lesson?
Others argued that the only way to learn right from wrong is to enforce negative discipline.
— Tyler Leadholm (@TylerLeadholm) May 21, 2014
— charlotteee (@lovebugsos) May 14, 2014
— Anahiti G. (@anahiti801) May 13, 2014
Let’s teach self-motivation!
Several students stressed the importance of learning how to discipline ourselves.
— Victoria (@sellvictoria) May 15, 2014
— Leyna Cedeño (@leynamariee) May 12, 2014
But not every student is the same
Others pointed to how not all students respond the same way to discipline.
— Donna Guadalupe Cruz (@xdonnacruzx) May 12, 2014
— mateocarrion (@mateocarrion4) May 15, 2014
What else can we do?
Some students suggested alternative ways to maintain order in the classroom.
— Joanna Wu (@joanna_w5632) May 10, 2014
— michael miles (@milesfromwhere) May 16, 2014
— Zoe Dehaan (@zoedehaan99) May 13, 2014
It starts at home
Some students also said parents need to teach their kids how to behave.
— Joshua Bustamante (@JoshuaJB1027) May 13, 2014
— Cierra Nash (@cforcutieee) May 15, 2014
What does it look like at your school?
Students also discussed what discipline looks like at their school and its effectiveness.
— Callie Geurts (@GoGeurt) May 13, 2014
— Ella (@18efos) May 15, 2014
— Christopher⚾️ (@_Rad28) May 12, 2014