Is there a need for culturally responsive discipline as well as instruction?
Yes. Today’s diverse students come to school with a variety of expectations and repertoires of behaviors. Students have different reactions to the classroom environment that are directly related to their levels of both comfort and skills in demonstrating expected school behaviors. We can strengthen their comfort levels by creating a classroom environment of mutual expectations and respect. Maintaining supportive relationships with students and their families will provide structure, monitoring and emotional nurturing. Provide students with frequent opportunities to experience recognition and rewards that are meaningful to them. It’s equally important to directly teach expectations and behavioral skills as well as provide a safe environment to engage in healthy conflict resolution strategies.