School Discipline: 11 Ways To Move From Punitive to Positive

While schools should be protecting students and supporting their social and emotional health, some learning environments have cultural practices that primarily use negative consequences to influence student behavior.

Punitive school discipline policies assign consequences to undesired behaviors in an attempt to decrease them. Positive reinforcement gives recognition or affirmation that encourages behaviors to continue. Behavior systems should be rooted in positivity and include equitable reinforcement for positive behaviors.