The main purpose of school is to provide students with an educational foundation from which they can build successful independent lives. However, disruptions in the classroom cause roadblocks to achievement of the students. When create an effective learning environment, maintaining discipline in schools is essential. Following is a list of ideas that can help create and maintain discipline in schools. Parents truly make a difference in student achievement and behavior. Schools should institute a policy where teachers are required to contact parents periodically through the year. Half-term or end-of-term reports are often not enough.  In case  they do not know one exists, a parent cannot help solve an issue. In the end they can help provide solutions to very difficult classroom problems while calls home take time. This is not to say that all parental involvement will be positive or have a measurable effect on student behavior. Nonetheless, this is an area which a lot of schools that are successful claim make a huge difference. A way to provide students with a consistent and fair plan of what will happen if they misbehave are discipline plans. It is often not well known or followed by teachers and administrators while many schools have a discipline plan on the books.

Discipline in schools

Having it posted in every classroom and in hallways is a good way to start. Training about implementation along with periodic reviews can also help. Both the assistant principals and principal are of major importance in fostering an academically focused school-wide environment. Their actions form the basis of the overall mood for the school. Implementing the discipline plan, and following through on disciplinary actions, then teachers will follow their lead in case they are consistent in supporting teachers. On the other hand, if they are lax on discipline, this will become apparent over time and misbehavior will increase. Following through on the discipline plan is the key to truly fostering discipline in schools while posting the discipline plan is important so that all students are informed of the consequences for misbehavior.  If a teacher does not follow through and deal with misbehavior, it will increase in the classroom. School-wide, if administrators do not follow the discipline plan and support the teachers, they could easily lose control of the situation. This item is typically something that a school district has to provide.  Students need to be placed in situations where they are best able to learn without distracting the wider school community to be able to achieve. Alternative schools can help remove students from volatile situations.  Decisions need to be made for the betterment of all students involved in the end.  Alternative means of education need to be investigated for the sake of the rest of the students in that class in case one student is disrupting a class and after numerous intervention attempts has shown an unwillingness to change. Hand in hand with effective leadership and school-wide consistent follow through is the belief by students that teachers and administrators are fair in their disciplinary actions.