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Step 5: Correcting Problem Behavior
Step 5: Correcting Problem Behavior

This particular chapter on addressing problem behavior, in the authors’ opinion, is one of the most challenging to implement effectively in schools. A major reason is that there has been a long-standing practice in education that problem behavior needs to be punished, and if the problem behavior recurs, then we need to deliver stronger punishment that often results in suspension or expulsion, frequently leading to the student dropping out of school. In effect, a student infraction–punishment cycle develops that can all too often result in exclusion from education for the student. The prevalence of this practice was addressed more fully in Chapter 1.

However, a primary underpinning of a proactive approach to schoolwide discipline taken in ...

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