Positive Behavioral Interventions and SupportsIn 2006, Fieler Elementary School began a new initiative in order to enhance learning by embracing the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program.
PBIS is a research-based program dedicated to implementing positive behavior interventions that support children in the school setting. The PBIS framework positively impacts children in the areas of behavior, social-emotional relations, and academic achievement. By designing and implementing positive interventions in these areas, teachers and children maximize instruction opportunities and achieve academic success.
As a school, we have created expectations for behavior in every common area of our school. This is followed and enforced school wide and this is the matrix. Click Here
There are three expectations or rules by which everyone at Fieler School lives and supports. They are the "3 Be's"
1. Be Respectful
2. Be Responsible
3. Be Safe
Every adult at Fieler shares the common goal of making sure all of our children understand our three behavioral expectations. In a positive manner, students are taught how to be respectful, how to be responsible, and how to be safe.
The three expectations are broken into clear rules. Our children participate in training in which they learn about appropriate behaviors in the classroom, in the hallways, in the cafeteria, during assemblies, on the bus, in the restrooms, in the library and during emergency situations. Please take the time to ask your son or daughter what they have already learned about our expectations. The continued practice of these appropriate behaviors are embedded throughout the school day.
In order to teach our expectations of behavior, students are given Cool Tools each week. Cool Tools are very important ingredients of the PBIS system. Behavior skills are directly taught to students, making it clear what is expected in our school. Every week or two, a new lesson, or Cool Tool, is taught to all students. Application of Cool Tool lessons is practiced throughout the year. Please remember, a safe and orderly environment is one of the major tenets of school effectiveness research. Here is an example of a cool tool lesson Click Here
Another important component of the program, is the use of consistent, positive reinforcements to celebrate students’ successes. Click Here Students earn treasure tickets for good behavior, and entire classrooms can earn classroom treasure tickets. Students enter their treasure tickets into a weekly raffle and students are randomly selected from each class to win prizes. The second and third types of positive reinforcements are called “boosters” and “all-school celebrations.” These reinforcers are used as classroom or all-school group rewards. Our goal is to celebrate our children’s success in following behavior expectations, thus leading to a safe and orderly environment.
As you know, children might choose not to follow our expectations, even though appropriate behavior is taught directly and positive reinforcers are used. The Fieler faculty has designed an Disciplinary Referral Click Here
Children call the referrals “White Slips.” This form is used when students choose to disregard our expectations forbehavior and there are consequences. Click Here
This behavior system is meant to help children achieve our expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe, which leads to higher academic and personal success. Each child begins anew each month with a “clean slate.” We do record monthly "White Slips," filing and utilizing data as a school, but for the children, the start of each month provides a new beginning.
Finally, the PBIS Program builds skills leading to the sustainability of a positive school culture and increased time spent teaching and learning, which is our ultimate goal. We thank our parents for their support of this program.