WHAT IS PBIS ?
PBIS is a research based, systematic approach to teaching expected behaviors. It includes a three level system to address behavior needs and expectations school-wide, in classrooms and for students with at-risk behaviors. Behaviors are explicitly taught and reinforced through positive behavior supports.
WHAT IS P.A.W.S ?
PAWS is the acronym at Longfellow to outline the following expectations:
A-Are Always Responsible
W-Work and Play Safely
At Longfellow Elementary, we utilize a Behavior Matrix that was created and is implemented by all school personnel. It includes the expected behaviors in all classroom settings (for example, playground, library, classroom, etc). It also includes the expected behaviors during Writer’s Workshop, a time during our instructional day that is considered a very important and “sacred” time for our students. The behavior matrix is reviewed and revisited on a consistent basis. Each month, all classrooms are given a Cool Tool, which is a specially designed lesson plan in order to explicitly teach a desired behavior in a selected location. For example, in August, students were taught how to demonstrate safety on the playground. In early September, students were taught how to show perseverance during math instruction in the classroom and at home. At Longfellow, we are promoting, “Pause, and think of P.A.W.S” to help our students make thoughtful decisions regarding the choices they make at school, at home and in the community.
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO SUPPORT PBIS and PAWS ?