Your school has decided to focus on positive behavior management for the upcoming school year but you’re not sure where to start.
Classroom management is best supported when a school-wide culture system, like PBIS or SEL, is in place. To get your teachers and staff invested, provide professional development and tips for effective implementation of the behavior management framework for your staff. Be committed to adopting PBIS, SEL, or your unique culture system and have a clear plan that everyone understands and adopts with fidelity. Accountability will be important for effective implementation.
Schools can fall into the trap of taking pieces of various frameworks to make a hodgepodge version to support an already established behavior management plan; do not do this. Whether a school-wide culture system is completely new for your school or requires small modifications to the systems that you already have established, be committed to all parts of the framework and be willing to let other behaviors systems that do not align with the framework go. There may be teachers in your school that are already familiar with PBIS or SEL, lean on their expertise to help all teachers become familiar and invested in positive behavior management for your school.
Once you have created schoolwide goals and systems, give teachers a checklist to help them establish a classroom management plan that is supported by your schoolwide system. A behavior management checklist ensures that the bottom line for establishing an effective behavior management plan is consistent in each classroom, while giving teachers autonomy to expand upon it. When developing a positive behavior management plan for classrooms, teachers should consider:
Be clear about your school and classroom behavior goals, rules and routines. Collaborate with students to create your positive incentive system, this will create buy-in and motivate students to work toward rewards they really want. Create reward systems that are easy to manage so all teachers can keep students motivated and reward them for a job well done.
In addition to rewards, responding to problem behavior is also essential to implementing PBIS. Be sure to outline the consequences for behaviors as clearly as you outline the rewards. Students should be able to predict how they will be rewarded and what will happen if a particular rule or expectation is not met.
Families should be aware of the behavior management system in your school including goals, expectations, rules, and routines. Provide families with data-based updates about the schools progress towards behavior goals. Provide a way for families to monitor the progress of their student’s behavior so they can help hold students accountable for positive behavior.
At a classroom level, teachers must consider how they will be proactive with parent communication behaviorally and academically . Share individual, data-based updates on student progress towards class behavior goals. Be mindful and consistent in parent communication. Help teachers find a system that works best for them so that they can maintain consistent feedback. Contact parents with both, positive behaviors and areas of growth, throughout the school year.
To create a positive start to the school year, contact all of your families at the start of the year to say hello; remind them of your behavior system so they are aware of the school and class goals. Let families know how they can expect feedback from you related to behavior and how frequently they will receive that feedback. Establishing a positive foundation at the beginning of the year will make future communication about challenging behaviors much easier.
Here at Kickboard we have seen school culture transform because of effective implementations of PBIS. We also have the tools and resources to support your school team as they begin to implement PBIS as a way to promote positive school culture. Click here to learn more about how Kickboard can support PBIS in your school.