I’ve written a lot about my belief in a positive, not punitive, classroom management strategy. You can read my books and The Best Posts On Classroom Management to get a better sense of how I practice what I preach.
I thought readers might find it helpful, though, if I pulled out many of my prior posts specifically on the typical ineffectiveness of punishment. Of course, there are some serious offenses that warrant it, and sometimes, when nothing else has seemed to work, I have asked students to help develop a “punishment” that they think would deter them from repeating an inappropriate behavior.
The vast majority of the time, however, I don’t find punishment to be particularly helpful to get what I want out of students, which is for them to behave as responsible members of a learning community.
Here are some resources explaining why that is the case (feel free to contribute more):
Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work is from Science Daily.
What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong? is from Mother Jones.
Eureka Alert reports that “Adolescents focus on rewards and are less able to learn to avoid punishment or consider the consequences of alternative actions, finds a new UCL-led study.”
— The Onion (@TheOnion) January 8, 2016
What ‘Go to Your Room’ Teaches Kids About Dealing With Emotions is from The Atlantic.
A primary school in Greater Manchester is planning to fine parents if they’re late picking up children (30 minutes: £5): https://t.co/rSxwzntFKi. I’m guessing they don’t realize that “A fine is a price” https://t.co/ZnZGT1L3cL ($)
— Dylan Wiliam (@dylanwiliam) January 30, 2023