Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide approach to discipline which focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn. We focus on our four school rules:
Do your best
We help students understand what "following the rules" means in every setting within the school, and we directly teach the expectations.
What is Honey Money?
Working together, our staff has designed a system whereby we recognize students many times each day for following the behavior expectations. Positive behavior is acknowledged with "Honey Money," a yellow paper token given to each child, along with a specific description of their positive behavior: "Thank you for delivering the lunch count to the office so responsibly" or "I like the way you are following directions" or "Good job getting all your recycling in the right places" or "I see you are working carefully and doing your best." Honey Money is given by all staff when they see positive behaviors.
Students cash in their Honey Money for points on a personal chart. When they reach 10 points, they earn a special privilege in their classroom: sitting in the teacher's chair, lunch in the classroom, having a special stuffed animal on their desk for the day, an extra responsibility, etc. The class earns a point and the child begins earning her or his next ten points.
When the class earns a certain number of points, we record it on the big chart in the front hall, and when the whole school earns a certain number of points, we celebrate our positive behaviors as a school. Our first celebration was ice cream with lunch in early October. Our second celebration was an all-school dance party at the end of the day.
How are challenging behaviors addressed?
Even with clear expectations and positive reinforcement, sometimes children will misbehave. We address inappropriate or disruptive behaviors with a continuum of responses, ranging from a "friendly reminder" to time in the Back on Track Room (formerly the Planning Room) with Miss Musgrove's assistance to refocus and return to class. Cases of more serious misbehaviors are sent directly to the principal for action.
By keeping careful records of when and where misbehaviors occur, we have data to help us focus our efforts in reteaching the expectations or providing additional support for positive behaviors at certain times or locations where misbehavior most often occurs.
Who plans for PBIS?
Though PBIS is a nation-wide approach to building a positive school climate, each school designs their own plan and system. Our PBIS leadership team includes a diverse group of staff members. Please contact our school principal, Lashawn Whitmore-Sells for more information.