Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
Why are we using PBIS at Houghtaling?
Positive behaviors interventions and supports (PBIS) have existed at Houghtaling Elementary School since 2006 in varying degrees of implementation. Houghtaling Elementary School has behavior issues within the school that have benefited from implementation of PBIS.
- The teachers and staff benefit through more positive behaviors exhibited.
- A decrease in behavior distractions in the classroom and on the playground.
- The students' benefit through consistent expectations throughout the building.
- The administrator benefits through fewer behavior issues to deal with in the office.
- Parents and community visiting the school benefit through a positive atmosphere in the building.
What is the Family Link?
The link between families and PBIS is important to children and their school. When families are involved in their children's educational activities they do better in school. Families play an important part in their child's education and social development. The presence of parents in schools not only creates community and cultural connections but provide additional academic supports as well.
How does all of this affect Houghtaling Elementary?
At Houghtaling Elementary School PBIS includes the use of Behavior Slips for recording behavior issues. Small groups to discuss social skill use, and whole-class lessons focus on social-emotional health. There is a PBIS committee that meets regularly to review data on behavior and disseminate findings to the staff. The committee also organizes some school-wide activities that take place during school day. These include spirit weeks, events that include entire families such as movie nights. The school has a supportive administrator. The school uses “Caught Doing Right Tickets" as rewards for positive behavior and then these tickets are used for special activities or purchases at the school store.
The B’s are posted around the building for all to see. The staff is on board to work with and promote positive behaviors in the building. We have a strong RTI (Response to Intervention) program in our school that addresses academic instruction and in conjunction with PBIS.