Positive Behavioral Intervention System
I dreamed I stood in a studio
and watched two sculptors here.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind,
and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher,
the tools he used were books and music and art.
One was a parent with a guiding hand,
and a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled,
with touch that was deft and sure.
While the parent labored by his side
and polished and smoothed it over.
And when at last their task was done,
they stood proud of what they had wrought.
For things they had molded into the child
could neither be sold or bought.
And each agreed he would have failed
if he had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school,
and behind the teacher, the home.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Ridge Elementary School uses a behavior program called Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (referred to as P.B.I.S.). The Ridge Elementary School staff is committed to working with students and their families to promote positive behavior in all school settings. The three school-wide expectations are:
BE READY TO LEARN
When students follow these school-wide expectations, they have opportunities to earn Blaster Bucks for their effort in making good choices. Did your child earn a Blaster Buck today?
How is P.B.I.S. different from other school behavior programs?
Here are a few examples of what the school-wide expectations might look like in school, and at home.
Classroom: Listen politely while others are talking.
Home: Follow directions the first time asked.
Cafeteria: Stay seated and get up only with permission.
Home: Help with the housework and chores.
BE READY TO LEARN
Hallway: Be in a straight and quiet line.
Home: Get your backpack ready for school the night before
Students who are following the school expectations in the classroom, on the playground, in the cafeteria, and even in the hallway can earn a Blaster Buck.
A Blaster Buck is given by any staff member to any student to acknowledge the student’s understanding and demonstration of how to be Respectful, Responsible and/or Ready to Learn. Students will see reminders posted throughout all school environments that list the expectations for that area. Your child can earn Blaster Bucks by demonstrating these positive behaviors throughout the school day.
When it is time for your child to ‘cash-in’ their Blaster Bucks, they will have a number of activities and items to choose from. The more often your child was caught making good choices, the more Blaster Bucks they will have to ‘cash-in’.
· 5 Bucks: table of your choice for lunch
· 10 bucks: sit by a friend for the day
· 15 bucks: extra PE time
· 20 bucks: wear pajamas to school
OTHER STUDENT INCENTIVES
Class Blaster Bucks are given to an entire class caught demonstrating the school expectations. After 10 class bucks, teachers choose a whole class reward, such as extra recess.
Golden Blaster Bucks are given by a substitute teacher to students who consistently follow the expectations.
Expectation Celebrations: A monthly celebration for students who have not gone to the ISIC, or received an office or bus referral.
Attendance Posters: Each classroom will receive an attendance poster. Everyday that a classroom has perfect attendance they will color in one letter of the poster. At the end of each month, the classroom with the most letters colored in will win a prize.
Visors : At the end of each month, each student who has not moved their rocket for the entire month will be awarded a white visor and a stamp.
CONSEQUENCES AND COLOR CARDS
Ridge Elementary School uses a behavior management system with specific consequences for inappropriate behaviors. Here’s how it works:
Classroom teachers have a colored rocket board system set up in their classroom. Each morning, students will begin with their rockets on white (see color key below). If a child does not follow one of the school expectations, they will be instructed to move their rocket, and the child will receive a consequence from the teacher. Consequences for misbehavior increase for repeated offenses. Here is the sequence of consequences.
All students begin the day with their rockets on White
1st Offense: Rocket moved to Green
Verbal Warning with Expectation Reminder
2nd Offense: Rocket moved to Yellow
Time-Out in classroom
3rd Offense: Behavior card to Orange
Time-Out in another classroom
4th Offense: Behavior card to Red
Student sent to In School Intervention Center (ISIC)
Phone call home
Student will not be allowed to attend monthly celebration
10 WAYS FOR PARENTS TO HELP TEACHERS
By Mimi Doe
1. Create a smooth takeoff each day. Give your child a hug before he/she ventures out the door and you head to work. Look your child in the eye, and tell them how proud you are of them. Your child’s self-confidence and security will help them do well both in school and in life.
2. Prepare for a happy landing at the end of the day when you reconvene. Create a predictable ritual such as 10-20 minutes listening to your child talk about his/her day – before you check phone messages, read the mail, or begin dinner. That way you are fully present to listen, and your child has a touchstone he/she can count on between school and home.
3. Fill your child’s lunchbox with healthy snacks and lunches. Have dinner at a reasonable hour. A well-balanced diet maximizes your child’s learning potential.
4. Include calm, peaceful times in your children’s afternoons and evenings. Maintain a schedule that allows them to go to school rested, and if they are sick, have a system in place so they are able to stay home.
5. Remember, it’s your children’s homework, not yours. Create a specific homework space that’s clutter-free and quiet. Encourage editing and double-checking work, but allow your kids to make mistakes, as it’s the only way teachers can gauge if they understand the material. It’s also how children learn responsibility for the quality of their work.
6. Fill your child’s life with a love for learning by showing him/her your own curiosity, respecting his/her questions, and encouraging their effort.
7. Fill your home with books to read, books to simply look at, and books that provide answers to life’s many questions. The public or school library is an excellent resource.
8. Be a partner with your child’s teacher. When you need to speak to him/her in reference to a specific issue with your child, do it privately, not in front of the child. Make a point never to criticize your child’s teacher in front of your child.
9. Set up a system where routine items are easily located – such as backpacks, shoes, and signed notices. Create a central calendar for upcoming events to avoid the unexpected.
10. Tuck a “love note” in your child’s lunch bag or backpack to let him/her know how special they are. Knowing they are loved makes it easier for children to be kind to others.
Sample Home Matrix
Sample Home Behavior Chart
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