Something Great is Happening at Washington…
This year we are starting something new at Washington Elementary called PBIS. PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports. Our special name for PBIS is “The Mustang Way.” A brief description of PBIS follows…
PBIS is the understanding that appropriate behavior and social competence is a skill that requires direct teaching to students just like math and reading. There is no assumption, in PBIS, that students will learn social behavior automatically or pick it up as they go through life. We teach common expectations to students so they understand what is expected of them by all adults in the building.
Over the course of the last week we have taught 5 common areas of expectations: Hallway, playground, bathrooms, kitchen, lunchroom and assembly. These are areas all students come into contact with frequently. Classroom expectations are taught by their individual teacher.
An important part of PBIS is the positive reinforcement of expected behaviors. When students are observed following the expectations, the may be rewarded by being explicitly told what they are doing correctly, as they are handed a ticket. They then put their name on the ticket and put it in a classroom bucket. Over the course of the week tickets are drawn at random for prizes, special jobs in the room and other fun things. The hope is that over time the tickets are not needed, but in the beginning the positive reinforcement of the ticket is important.
Another part of PBIS is our office referral process for unexpected or undesirable behaviors. We have 2 categories of unexpected behaviors, majors and minors. Major behaviors are more serious behaviors including harming another student, stealing, damaging property, etc. Minor behaviors are less serious behaviors such as blurting-out, lying, excluding another student etc. If a student receives a minor referral it will be handled within the classroom and a ½ sheet report will be sent home. If a student receives a major referral it may be dealt within the classroom or by the principal and a full sheet report will be sent home, along with a phone call from the teacher or principal. This new referral process allows for consistent management of behaviors, as well as the ability to track behaviors throughout the school and reteach areas of expectations when we see patterns of unexpected behaviors.
Please see the full list of majors and minors to the right.
The students and staff are very excited about the Mustang Way, the common expectations, the tickets and the rewards!! Be sure to ask your child if they have received a ticket and if they know the expectations.
THE MUSTANG WAY...EVERYDAY!!!