A focus on learning
For optimal learning to occur, students need to feel safe, engaged and valued. Behaviours that disrupt learning must be addressed quickly, systematically and consistently.
There are two modern approaches to managing student behaviour, positive discipline and restorative justice. A combination of the two is probably the most effective, with positive discipline being the dominant model.
This is a conventional approach, where teachers achieve control through body language, class organisation and parental support.
When a student escalates behaviour, escalating sanctions are applied.
Restorative justice involves three big ideas:
repair: offences cause harm and justice requires repairing that harm
encounter: the best way to repair harm is to have the parties decide together
transform: fundamental changes in people, relationships and communities.
Tips for implementing restorative justice are given on the Edutopia website via the following link.
For examples of a policy and procedure for managing disruptive, abusive or unsafe student behaviour, please select the links below.