By Lindsey Erin Feltis, CEI Intern
Shame. Embarrassment. Isolation. These are words that students, and teachers, often associate with the traditional punitive style of discipline they see in their classrooms. Even though research suggests that punishment is often “ineffective [and] counter-productive,” many teachers, principals and educators still rely on punishment in their classrooms (Amstutz & Mullet, 2014, p. 31). Why? Is it because it is easy? Is it because it can be administered quickly? I would suggest that perhaps it is because educators haven’t been taught, or given the tools they need, to use other approaches to discipline in their classroom. What’s missing? Restorative discipline, an innovative approach to discipline that emphasizes accountability and healing,
could provide a way forward to teaching self-regulation and building positive relationships.