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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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:


P-Perseverance
A-Are Always Responsible
W-Work and Play Safely
S-Show Respect

 

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 ?

 

*Ask your child or children about their day
*Talk about making good choices and showing their “PAWS” at home and at school
*Sign Golden (or blue) PAWS tickets. Ask students how they earned them and celebrate the success with them. (Please return them to school)
*Read books/articles that discuss behavior or have lessons that teach them about character building
*Communicate often with your child’s teacher on behavior. Ask how you can help and share what works at home 
*Look out for newsletters and school information regarding PBIS and PAWS
*Read books to your children that teach about character or behavior
 

RESOURCES

 
https://www.pbis.org/ (PBIS Website)
http://childrensbooksguide.com/behavior (A source to find books to help teach character and behavior through books)