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.

But would students learn the lesson?

Others argued that the only way to learn right from wrong is to enforce negative discipline.

Let’s teach self-motivation!

Several students stressed the importance of learning how to discipline ourselves.

But not every student is the same

Others pointed to how not all students respond the same way to discipline.

What else can we do?

Some students suggested alternative ways to maintain order in the classroom.

It starts at home

Some students also said parents need to teach their kids how to behave.

What does it look like at your school?

Students also discussed what discipline looks like at their school and its effectiveness.

Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder 8 March,2017Laura Robledo

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    Please Sign and Share Petition to congress to enact “The Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools Act” to withhold federal funding from educational institutions that allow corporal punishment of students, featuring 30 minute Documentary Movie “The Board of Education” by Jared Abrams exposing the brutally violent truth about corporal punishment in U.S. Schools.



Laura Robledo

Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

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