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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Academic and Behavior Plan

Academic and Behavior Plan

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How do feel about the current progress of your campus Academic and Behavior Growth Plan? I am interested in making some changes around my campus and am looking for a starting place. Thanks for your responses.

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Brandi Banks's picture
Brandi Banks
First Grade Teacher

I am not sure if your campus has adopted a program or not but our building has incorporated PBS (Positive Behavior System) into our building and it works wonderfully! Basically, PBS focuses on all interaction being positive. It also uses a lot of practice so that the students practice the correct behaviors so much that it is so hard for them not to do things the right way. Also, all teachers are teaching the same lessons every week with the PBS plan. It amazes first graders to know that they are learning the same things as fifth graders when it comes to their conduct. I am really enjoying PBS in my classroom. If you google it you can get tons of information. Good luck!

Susan Grant's picture

When I first came to our school five years ago, the middle school students weren't getting their work completed and their behavior was out of control. My team of three teachers quickly determined that giving detentions out was not changing behavior so we developed our AIM rewards program. AIM stands for Attitude, Initiative and Maturity. The plan involved the students earning a possibiltiy of two points with each of their three teachers during the day. These are earned with having work completed and good behavior. If the students have earned enough points by the end of the week, they get to participate in that week's activity. We built into this point system the wiggle room of losing a point or two so that the kids would not lose heart. We planned and made sure the activities were ones that the students enjoyed. These activites include: volleyball, paper airplane making contests, relays, basketball, house building out of cards, limbo, sled races in the snow, etc. If a student has not earned enough to participate for the week, they report to a study hall where they are busy, not socializing. There are very few students that go to this after one visit. This plan has worked. The kids want to earn the points and the incomplete work and disipline problems has greatly reduced!

Zakiyyah Watts's picture

When working in the Middle School environment, sometimes it's hard to get students to behave appropriately. So often they try to impress their friends by acting out. As a Special Education teacher, I work with one homeroom class all day. I accompany them and teach them in every class. In order to keep behavior under control, I came up with a list which included the names of students who always modeled good behavior. The students who were on the list would receive gifts/treats without warning. They never knew what they would receive or when. The other students in the class became jealous and modified their behaviors so they could receive something. Now, the students will come to me and ask if they are on what they now call "The List." So far, the plan has been successful.

Jamie Kessen's picture
Jamie Kessen
3-5 Grade Special Education Teacher from Indiana

I really like your AIM program. This puts the responsibility on the student and that is something I really feel is great. If a student gets mad about loosing a point, they know exactly what he/she did to lose it. Hopefully they are fast learners! It sounds as if this has proven to be a very effective program.

Lynn's picture

Our school uses the PBS (positive behavior system) as well. I have mixed feeling about it though. I'm not sure if it is being implemented correctly because it seems we positively reinforce the good behavior from the students who are usually the ones in trouble while the ones who are always doing the right thing get little or no reinforcement - because they know they are expected to behave correctly. As a whole, our students behave in a respectful, responsible, and safe manner (the three traits our school chose for positive behavior) and they do enjoy the rewards given at the end of each 9 weeks period. I think with any behavior program, there are going to pros and cons.

lily's picture

I agree, PBS works if it is implemented correctly. The only draw back is when the students want to be rewarded for things that they should just do. For example, in our school as a grade level we decided to create a universal reward system. They include fast pass (lunch line), golden chair (teachers chair), dj (play music), passes as capitans during recess sports, Buddy table (at lunch), homework pass, ect. Students began to ask for tickets when I asked them to pass out papers. They should not be rewarded for what they need to do because they are a student. We do use RTI which has students achieve goals by behavior or achademic daily reports, and progress monitoring.

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Jill Mitsch
Kindergarten Teacher from the desert in Southern California

We have no implemented out PBS program, yet it is to begin this year but I have done some extensive research on it and it really seems like a beneficial program. I agree with the others in saying it has to implemented correctly, without that it will quickly be ineffective and phase out. In the implementation process I have found not only myself by many of my colleagues feeling refreshed and incredibly enthusiastic about the up coming school year. This year we are, also, beginning behavior intervention groups as part of our RTI model. Our kindergarten teachers (myself and my grade level teammate) are going to be pull small groups of students who need redirecting and support for their behavior. I think this well be incredibly helpful for some of the students who frequent the principal's office.

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