Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is an approach schools use to promote school safety and good behavior.
With PBIS, schools teach kids about behavior expectations and strategies. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment
The foundation of PBIS at New Prospect is the four building-wide expectations: Pride, Attitude, Wise Choices, and Safety.
Behavior Expectation Matrix
The behavior matrix is a detailed description of expected behavior in each setting of the school. For example: on the playground we show positive attitudes when we invite others to join our activities, and we use positive language. On the bus we show safety by remaining seated.
Acknowledging and reinforcing positive behavior is one of the best ways to change inappropriate behavior and encourage appropriate behavior. Our Panthers are divided into four house teams: Air, Earth, Water, and Fire. Students can earn PAWS points for themselves and for their house teams. Students work for weekly prizes in their classroom’s store and for monthly prizes through our Panther Pantry. Students also work towards earning points for their house team. Each house team is rewarded for meeting their goal on a nine weeks basis.
PBIS Reflection Forms
Even with clear expectations and positive reinforcement, sometimes children will behave inappropriately. To address inappropriate behavior, a PBIS reflection form has been implemented. This allows teachers to reflect with students about more positive behavioral choices. Teachers can use this reflection as a teaching tool. When given to a student, teachers will call parents to discuss and inform of the inappropriate behavior. Working as a team is very important to use at New Prospect.
Parents/Guardians and PBIS
To be successful, our behavior program needs to be a partnership between home and school. Throughout the school year the PBIS team will send updates and information about PBIS. We invite your comments, concerns and ideas to make PBIS work at our school.
Please support PBIS at New Prospect by:
- Reviewing behavior expectations with your child
- Signing and returning the behavior matrix slip sent home with your child
- Using the four expectations at home
- Providing positive reinforcement (rewarding good choices with compliments or quality time) at home
- Sharing comments with or asking questions of PBIS team members