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Teachers and their classroom environments are not the end all be all in discipline, but the classroom and teacher play an important role in helping to build a positive school climate and culture. The goal is to keep every student in school every day. When a classroom takes the time to focus on regular classroom meetings, a comprehensive health education curriculum like the MMH, and implementing PBIS as examples, it gives the opportunity to build a positive climate in the classroom where students can learn.
Building positive relationships with students helps provide a solid foundation for learning and decreases time spent on discipline.
Stanford Research Study regarding teacher empathy and reduction in suspensions
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
- Restorative Justice in the classroom resources
- Circle Time, or Morning Meetings, are an important way to build relationships with your students in all grades that can help prevent behavioral issues that may lead to suspensions or expulsions.
- Responding to and Counting Disciplinary Removals of Special Needs students
- Building a supportive classroom environment
- Student Centered Discipline
- Suspension and Expulsion Guidance Document