Our focus at Iberia Middle School is to foster a caring and safe school environment. So, with this is mind, we are continuing to implement the school-wide program called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, to foster both academic and behavioral support for every student. PBIS refers to systematically defining, teaching, rewarding, and monitoring appropriate behavior.
At Iberia Middle School each student is taught the expectations of INTERACTING APPROPRIATELY, MODELING RESPONSIBILITY AND RESPECT, AND STRIVING FOR SUCCESS in hallways, cafeteria, and other locations throughout the school. PBIS also refers to correcting misbehaviors with consequences and having consistent school-wide discipline policies and procedures.
|Interact Appropriately||Model Responsibility and Respect||Strive for Success|
1. Follow all Instructions
2. Respect yourself, others and property
3. Raise your hand to get the teacher's attention
1. Be seated, be prepared
2. Learn attentively and quietly.
1. Do your best
2. Turn in assignments on time
1. Walk on the Right
2. Be respectful to others
3. Inside voices should be used
1. Get proper materials
2. Walk with eyes and bodies forward
|1. Be prompt for class|
1. Stand in line quietly and
2. Sit properly and eat quietly
3. Use inside voices
1. Use good manners
2. Keep area clean
|1. Eat Healthy Food|
1. Wait in line for your turn
2. Wash hands before leaving
1. Remember to Flush
2. Keep area clean
|1. Be prompt in returning to class|
1. Enter Quietly and remain quiet
in the library
2. handle all Library books appropriately
place book bags on designated shelves
2. return and/or renew books on time
|1. Read daily|
|Assembly Rules||1. Sit and be attentive||1. Enter
2. Exit assembly properly when dismissed
|1. Listen quietly to Learn|
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) gives people a new way to think about behavior. PBIS is based on understanding why problem behaviors occur - the behavior's function. This approach to behavior can occur on a school-wide level, in a specific setting, classroom, or with an individual student. PBIS is the application of evidence-based strategies and systems to assist schools to increase academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish positive school cultures. On an individual level, PBIS uses functional behavior assessments to understand the relationships between a student's behavior and characteristics of his or her environment. The functional behavior assessment identifies multiple strategies to effectively reduce problem behavior including changing systems, altering environments, teaching skills, and focusing on positive behaviors. The PBIS process results in the creation of effective intervention plans that will impede problem behaviors, teach new skills, and create support systems for the student.
On a school-wide level, PBIS relies on accurate and reliable discipline referral data to understand the behaviors occurring across campus. An analysis of the data allows a school team to identify the problem areas, brainstorm interventions such as where and what to teach, reward the students exhibiting the expected behavior, and communicate findings to the staff, students, and families. The PBIS process is a team-based approach that relies on a strong collaboration between families and professionals from a variety of disciplines regardless of the level implemented.
PBIS provides a positive and effective alternative to the traditional methods of discipline. PBIS methods are research-based and proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in the school, resulting in a more positive school climate and increased academic performance. PBIS is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which advocates the use of positive behavior interventions and school-based disciplinary strategies that reduce or eliminate the need to use suspension and expulsion as disciplinary options.
POPULAR MYTHS REGARDING PBIS
in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports means we give out rewards"
The positive refers to a change of focus from reactive, constantly pointing out what students did wrong (negatives), to proactive teaching and recognizing what children are doing right (positives). It refers to an overall change in the school climate to a learning environment where students and teachers feel appreciated, safe and respected. Rewards are used to assist staff in focusing on the positive.
"We will no
longer punish children for inappropriate behavior"
PBIS does not ignore inappropriate behavior. Consequences are more than "punishment". They are the actions that follow the inappropriate behavior and can either help to increase or decrease inappropriate behaviors. PBS views appropriate consequences as those that are effective in changing the student's inappropriate behavior. Schools plan for inappropriate behavior by matching the level of consequences to the severity of the problem behaviors and maintaining consistency across campus.
"PBIS uses bribes to get children to behave"
Using a reward system is not the same as bribing a student to behave appropriately. A bribe is something offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person's views or conduct. PBIS acknowledges and rewards students for following school-wide expectations and rules. Appropriate behavior is acknowledged after it occurs. Rewards are earned, not offered as payoff in exchange for good behavior.