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Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support

in our Classroom
 

 

In 2007, Bush School chose to participate in the SW-PBS Program.  School-wide Positive Support focuses on establishing school environments that support the long-term success of effective practices.  Schools that implement and consistently use PBS improve school climate, improve student achievement, reduce suspension and referral rates, and increase attendance.  Through this program, Bush School has developed a common purpose and approach to discipline, a clear set of expectations and behaviors, procedures for teaching expected behavior, and procedures for encouraging expected behavior while discouraging inappropriate behavior. 

Our classroom expectations and policies follow the SW-PBS expectations.  During the first few days of school each year, my students and I discuss the behaviors we expect to see in their classmates and those that are less desirable.  Scenarios are presented and alternate choices discussed.  Results of appropriate and inappropriate choices are also discussed.  Each time I implement a new seating arrangement, students meet to create a new team name and discuss team expectations.  They write team expectations on the back of their team poster.  All team members must agree on the team expectations.  This serves as a reminder throughout the year of the expectations within the teams and the classroom.