Positive Behavior Supports
Creating and supporting a successful environment for all
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Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports
The Clip System
The clip chart has three tiers above the starting point for positive reinforcement and three tiers below the starting point ("Think About It" -yellow, "Teacher's Choice" -orange, and "Parent Contact" -red) for addressing negative behaviors. If a student moves their clip to yellow, they are being warned or reminded to keep their behavior in check. No further consequences are necessary at that time. This is just a warning. If a student moves their clip down again (to orange), the teacher takes into consideration the student's needs, the situation itself, and other factors to determine if a consequence should be issued. Student may lose up to ten minutes off recess at this point if teacher deems it appropriate. If student moves their clip down again (to red), the parent will be contacted either by phone, note home, or email. It's possible the student may be sent to the office at this point as well.
Life Skills and Gotcha Tickets
When students display these life skills under adult supervision, they are reinforced by clip moves up. However, if a student goes above and beyond and is "caught" displaying these life skills outside of direct adult supervision, they will be reinforced with a "Gotcha Ticket" (see image) and a sticker stating "I made a difference!". This Gotcha ticket has three copies: one to go home, one to go to the office, and one to go to the classroom teacher. These students will also have their picture added to the "Gotcha Ticket Wall(s) of Fame" located in various places throughout the building. These students are also recognized in other ways such as featured in classroom teacher's newsletter, recognized over morning announcements, etc.
Effort! (Neuroscience and Growth Mindset)
This specific support of students' effort is one of a few efforts from North staff to teach students about the malleability of their brain ("Your brain can grow stronger with effort!") and encourage a "growth mindset" (belief that intelligence can be improved and strengthened with effort and persistence). During monthly class lessons, I will teach students about this aspect of neuroscience encouraging students to 'exercise their brain muscle' as much as possible. (Information on such lessons will be sent home to parents via email with research article links as well as video links.)
School Counselor/Behavior Specialist
For more information on my role as counselor, click link below.