Summerour Middle School is one of many schools using a proven new approach to discipline in our schools. This "positive behavior intervention and support" or PBIS system focuses not on the discipline of poor behavior, although that is certainly a component, but rather focuses on supporting and rewarding the positive behaviors that the vast majority of our students do daily. So much attention is traditionally focused on the students who are not behaving, but this system trains teachers to notice and reward those students that are doing what is right. This attention shift will often redirect problem behaviors, since problem behaviors are often attention-seeking.
Summerour is focused on three behaviors that we would like to see.
Students will be respectful to teachers, others, and themselves.
Students will be responsible for their actions and choices.
Students will make an effort to be a role-model for those around them, whether younger students or their peers.
Here is a chart that we use to help students understand what each target behavior looks like in various locations throughout the school.
How does PBIS work?
Through the use of Blue Bucks, students are rewarded when teachers spot excellent behaviors. Whether it is a case of doing the right thing by helping others or simply paying attention and responding appropriately in class, a wide variety of positive behaviors are monitored and rewarded. Students can then use the Blue Bucks they earn to purchase rewards that range from comestibles to event admission.
What if we have to discipline?
There will always be discipline in schools. While PBIS is focused on positive behaviors in order to limit discipline instances that arise, Summerour still needs to discipline students. Each classroom has a chart posted which serves to remind students and teachers of the discipline process we use when the need arises.