Restorative Circles Build Trust and Curb Misbehavior

More schools are finding that alternative discipline and restorative circles build trust and curb misbehavior. At least one time each week, first graders at Evergreen Elementary School in Rohnert Park move their desks into a circle, where they discuss feelings,...

Restorative Discipline Cuts Down On Infractions

Restorative discipline cuts down on infractions in middle school, especially when discipline is driven by relationships, not punishment. Under the old method of discipline, a student receives suspension if they frequently disrupt class. Under the new method, when the...

Positive and Negative Reinforcement

Discipline’s tools are positive and negative reinforcement. Love is the most powerful positive reinforcement. Often parents will substitute food or money for love. These may work for a time, but they are never as good as just being fun to be with. Positive...

Suspending Children of Color Will Be Reviewed

Suspending children of color will be reviewed by school superintendents, in an effort to curtail the overwhelming likelihood that minority students will face suspension as a disciplinary technique.  In  Minneapolis schools, the black students are ten times more likely...

3 Tips on How to Deal with Children’s Bad Behavior

The issue of how to deal with children’s bad behavior is a major concern faced by parents and educators at every stage of schooling. In today’s world children go to school with increasing levels of stress, anger and uncertainty. Children who come to school with...