PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a research-based, school-wide systems approach to improve school climate and create safer and more effective schools. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach expectations and support positive behavior for all students.
Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe, and Choose Wisely. These guidelines spell out exactly what is expected from the students at all times in the classroom, hallways, commons, bathrooms, buses, outdoors, and during emergencies (see behavior matrix on back). When students arrive on the first day of school, they will be taught specifically how to act in each of these situations.
Teachers and staff will be continually encouraging students to display these appropriate behaviors by handing out D-House tickets when they see students demonstrating expected behaviors. Student turn their tickets in to the office where they are put in a daily rewards drawing. All tickets are put back into the drawing at the end of the week and two names are drawn on Fridays for a larger reward.
By focusing on the positive, and noticing and rewarding students when they meet expectations for good behavior, behavioral referrals for negative behaviors should decrease. Fewer behavioral referrals will result in less detention time and more time in the classroom. The more time students spend in the classroom, the more they learn. There are still consequences to inappropriate behavior, but there is more discussion about better choices and an emphasis on proactive teaching.
Data on problem behavior is collected daily, enabling staff to look at the place, the time of day, and the circumstances that create the problem behavior. Decisions are then made based on this data and individual plans are made for students who need more support. Data will also show patterns of behavior, which will inform school staff what types of reinforcement lessons need to be taught. The overall goal is to promote positive student behaviors and improve academic achievement.
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