Grant School Family Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS)
- We believe that behavior is taught and learned, just like academics.
- With PBIS we teach, model and reinforce the behavior we expect.
Let’s explain how this works…The PBIS system has four components:
- A Behavior Matrix – clear behavior expectations identified for each school area and setting. This goes beyond “rules” and really describes what expected behavior “looks like”. Each classroom aslo has its own behavior matrix.
- Cool Tools – lesson plans used to teach students the behavioral expectations.
- “Living Above the Line” slips – an acknowledgment/reinforcement system used to celebrate students’ success in meeting the expectations.
- Office Discipline Referrals – a form used to document and communicate with parents when students choose not to follow the expected behaviors.
Here’s a little more information of what each of these components mean:
GSF Behavior Matrix:
The behavior matrix is built on the core traits of the Grant School Family Pledge: Kindness, Self-control, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility
What you will find in the Behavior Matrix is what each of these expectations actually looks like in various places in the school and on school grounds. In a positive manner, the matrix tells children what to do and how to behave in order to abide by these expectations, or be “above the line”. Posters of the expectations are displayed in each of the areas around the school. It is our goal to make the understanding of the expectations as clear and easy for children as possible.
One of the most important parts of the PBIS system is that the behavioral expectations are directly taught to students. This way, children know exactly what is expected of them and how they are to behave. On the first day of school, students are taught what it means to be “Above the Line” in each identified setting on the behavior matrix. Additional Cool Tools will be provided on a regular basis to review the expectations and will also be used if problems arise in a certain setting.
“Living Above the Line” slips:
Another component of the PBIS system is the use of consistent positive reinforcement to celebrate student’s success with meeting the behavior expectations. One of our mottos in the Grant School Family is “What you pay attention to, you will see more of!” The intention is to give clear, specific praise for above-the-line behavior to reinforce that student’s behavior and shape the actions of other students.
All staff members who observe children following the behavior expectations can issue an Above the Line slip. Children can earn ATL slips in all areas of the school and from all staff members. Our goal is for each staff member to hand out numerous ATL slips each day. Children will have various opportunities to redeem their ATL slips for special awards, privileges, prizes, etc. In addition, there will be quarterly school-wide reward activities for students who earn this privilege.
Even with teaching children the expectations, offering pre-correction or reminders for the expected behaviors, and our positive reinforcement system, unfortunately, some students will still misbehave. For those instances the office Discipline Referral will be used as a communication tool with students and parents. In addition, the information collected from the form will also help staff keep track of behavioral data in order to be proactive in addressing problem behaviors.
One of the best features of PBIS is that it acknowledges that children need to be taught to behave just as they are taught to read or do math. There are many ways in which these same principles apply to life in your family as well as the Grant School Family. We look forward to sharing what we learn and we invite you to make this work for your at-home family as well!