The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, or PBIS, provides schools with a way to "[place] emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments." PBIS takes a deliberate, positive, and effective approach to make "targeted behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional."
Some core principles of setting behavior expectations through PBIS are:
1. Labeling Appropriate Behavior in Actions
2. Teaching Appropriate Behavioral Actions
3. Observing and Praising Appropriate Behavioral Actions
We hope to reinforce good behavior in all students through providing clear expectations and through giving recognition and praise. All information was taken from the PBIS website which parents and guardians can visit for more information.
Our School- Gateway Pointe
At Gateway Pointe, we use the acronym SNAP to set PBIS expectations at our school. Our students are great at choosing safe actions, ensuring nonstop learning, accepting responsibility, and practicing respect.
When a member of our staff sees a student exemplifying our SNAP expectations, they are often given a “Gator Great Slip” that can be turned in at the front office to be entered into a weekly student of the week drawing. One student from each grade level is randomly selected to be a student of the week. They are recognized on our SNAP bulletin board (located in the hall between the cafeteria and the gym) and are invited to a monthly popsicle party to celebrate all the students of the week from that month. Throughout the year, a committee will also be coming up with more ways to continually recognize the great choices our students make every day.
SNAP at Home
The principles of SNAP taught at school can also be implemented or discussed at home. A good night’s rest shows students value nonstop learning and know that being well rested for school can ensure a better school experience the next day. Remembering to place homework in their backpack to turn in the next day shows students know how to accept responsibility at home and at school. Your student can help set SNAP expectations at home that can apply to home, school, or both. This will help to make that home-school connection and solidify the clear expectations we hope to set for our students to make them even more successful.