Three words that can change the trajectory of an entire school: school-wide behavior management. If your school implements Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) or has created its own school culture program, you know that a proactive, team-based approach to behavior management can be transformational.
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At LiveSchool, we’ve had the privilege to work with schools across the country, both to streamline existing school-wide behavior management systems and implement systems from scratch. Based on this experience, we’ve developed a four-level system for understanding how your team currently approaches behavior and planning your next step.
How it works In this approach, each teacher in the building develops his or her own management systems. This includes technology-based systems like ClassDojo that do not facilitate collaboration between teams.
How it works In this approach, the school creates a ticket or “behavior buck” currency that teachers award in recognition of great student choices. Tickets or bucks can be redeemed for incentives at the school store.
How it works In this approach, the school creates a centralized Excel, Access, or Google Docs spreadsheet to centralize positive and negative classroom behavior data. Teachers track behavior on paper during the class, and transfer data to the centralized tracker on a daily or weekly basis. Parent reports can be generated programmatically from the shared database.
How it works In this approach, the school designs its behavioral expectations, incentive program, and weekly reports before rolling out the system to teachers, then to students and parents. Teachers record behavior in real-time from any tablet, laptop, desktop, or smartboard. All information mechanics are handled in real-time by the platform, and advanced data analytics are available instantly.
There’s no single way to approach school culture, but one thing is certain: on some level, every school must address student behavior, whether that responsibility is pushed out to individual teachers — a viable approach in many school settings — or you develop a proactive school-wide system.
If you need help designing or implementing a system that is right for your staff, give us a call. Even if LiveSchool isn’t the right solution for your team, we are happy to help you evaluate the best next steps. We’re standing by at (877) 612-1086.
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