At Walter B. Howard Elementary we encourage students to maintain positive behavior using a PBIS model. Student behavior is very important, because we know that if children are behaving in class, at recess and on the bus, then students are ready to learn. Below is a description of our efforts here at school.
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a systems approach to preventing and responding to school and classroom discipline problems. PBIS develops school-wide systems that support staff to teach and promote positive behavior in all students. By reducing behavioral problems, PBIS creates and maintains safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn.
Each staff member is provided with a number of “Tiger Tickets” to give to students that display positive behavior. In order to be sure students have a fair chance of receiving a ticket, each student that has maintained good behavior all day will receive a Tiger Ticket at the end of the day from his/her teacher. However, a student may also be given an additional ticket if he/she has exhibited the character trait of the month such as cooperation, citizenship, responsibility, respect, etc. Any staff member can give a student a ticket. The child is then responsible to hand in the ticket to their teacher or main office. Each classroom has a container to hold all of their Tiger Tickets. At the end of the month, tickets from each classroom will be collected and used for the drawing at Tiger Jam.
Tiger Jam is a monthly character education assembly. During the assembly students sing the school theme song, patriotic music and say the pledge. Birthdays and special achievements (PE and Artist of the Month) are recognized for students and staff. Also during the assembly one grade level is highlighted as they share a class project or theme. Often times, behavior expectations are modeled and taught. This may include hallway, recess, cafeteria or classroom behavioral expectations. At the conclusion of Tiger Jam, 10 “Tiger Tickets” are drawn from a large bucket. Each ticket has the name of a student who has been displaying positive behavior and also the name of the adult that gave him/her the ticket. Each name drawn wins a prize and has their picture taken to be displayed in the hallway.