This article reports on efforts at a NYC middle school to address discipline issues by focusing on social-emotional characteristics such as citizenship and empathy. They found that by tracking positive behaviors as well as discipline issues, and awarding badges for those positive behaviors, they could shift the school culture to a more positive approach.Source:
Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, February 21, 2017Description:
Importantly, the school culture has undergone a shift. Teachers and administrators have become more mindful of the social-emotional aspects of child development at the middle school level. They pored over research about preadolescent behavior and took a new approach with their responses. They also implemented restorative justice practices, asking students to reflect on their behaviors, take responsibility for them, and find opportunities for resolution.Read the full article here!