Schools that gather behavior data using systems like Kickboard and proactive positive behavior responses actually save teacher time. Teachers have so many responsibilities on their plates daily like lesson planning, teaching, testing, grading, duty posts, and more. Using behavior data systems might seem like another to-do list item on a large list of priorities but it will actually save teacher time and energy.
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Consider a normal day or week of instruction in a school that has a fair amount of student misbehavior, and the time it takes for staff to respond to those behaviors. School staff spends time doing reactive strategies such as:
- Teacher wait time and waiting for compliance when multiple students are off task
- Behavioral conversations with the entire class when off task
- Addressing individual behaviors when they occur
- De-escalation conversations with students
- Calling families when misbehaviors happen and need support
- Holding Family Conferences about behavior
- Using intervention supports like Check In/Check Out with students
- Internal team meetings about students and grade level behaviors
- Creating referral forms and sending information to administrators
Teachers spend so much time completing these reactive strategies and especially on the items that happen during instruction time. Teachers have to give their planning time and time off to complete a lot of the family conversations, internal staff meetings about behavior, and the completion of referral paperwork.
When schools use behavior data systems like Kickboard and proactive positive behavior strategies, they save so much of the time that the reactive strategies take. A few seconds to quickly log a behavioral interaction or behavior note in the Kickboard app trumps the minutes or hours spent holding conversations and completing referral forms. Some of the proactive strategies include:
- Create a positive classroom environment
- Use non-verbal reminders and redirections to help students stay on track behaviorally
- Administrators can act quickly from text messages sent using customized roster lists created by what teachers are recording in Kickboard
- Use of smart groups that creates lists of students who meet certain criteria like rewards and restorative follow up actions
- Use of the family portal for family members to see their child’s daily activity and positivity ratio in real time each day
- Send and receive messages from families using family messaging in the Kickboard app
- Use of Kickboard’s intervention plan feature for students who are receiving Tier 2 and Tier 3 level supports
Teachers will maintain a more positive classroom environment when they use proactive positive behavior management strategies. Misbehaviors will be minimized because teacher attention and efforts are focused more on acknowledging and rewarding positive behaviors and actions, reminding students who may be off task what the current expectation is and affirming those who are on task.
In addition, using behavior data systems like Kickboard will save time from having to do the reactive strategies to misbehavior which will increase instructional time. Increased instructional time yields higher academic results. Teachers will have more students engaged, on task, persevering in academic tasks because there will be fewer behavioral distractions.
Administrators’ most important task when ensuring the implementation of the schools’ behavior data system is to make sure teachers understand how it will save them time. Teacher buy-in, understanding of the system, and its benefits will be vital to them using the system to its fullest extent.