Positive Discipline

Glossary Term

Positive Discipline

Positive discipline is a long-term perspective on developing positive attitudes and behavior shared by both children and adults, notably teachers. It includes the development of self-discipline and mutual respect. Often initiated (or introduced through teacher training) in response to punitive discipline that instills fear and relies on physical or humiliating punishment. Strong school-community partnerships are needed to enable a real and sustained shift towards positive discipline.