Behavior program proves successful says staff at Clark County R-1

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If you’re a parent , you know it can be hard to keep kids on track when it comes to accomplishing goals, that’s something teachers and staff said they were having trouble with as well at Clark County R-1 schools in Missouri.

School administrators said in just one year their version of PBIS, or Positive Behavior In Schools program, has already led to a drop in the number of students sent to the principal’s office at Running Fox Elementary, a trend that hope continues moving forward.

“I like to focus on first of all being respectful and responsible in the classroom, we take care of our materials and make sure things are picked up and safe […] raising our hand, waiting for other people to speak and being good listeners,” said Running Fox 2nd Grade Teacher Janet Wilson-Fry.

She said under the program, they take time to make sure each student is aware of the expectations at school.

“We really hit on them at the beginning of the school year and we actually have days we’re teaching certain specific lessons in our classrooms,” said Wilson-Fry.

Administration said the way these changes were accomplished was by standardizing these expectations across the whole district.

“Our focus is being respectful, responsible and safe, so all of our students if you ask them should be able to tell you what our goal in this building is,” said Running Fox Principal Katrina Nixon.

Nixon said charts posted around the school make it so no assumptions are made when it comes to how students should act at school.

She said the consistency is why the program has been so successful at improving behavior.

“When we’re switching off with specials and thing we have take the time to make sure even though you’re switching from teacher the expectations are the same and it doesn’t matter where you are in the hallway, the expectations are the same,” said Nixon.

Wilson-Fry said it’s made managing the classroom a lot easier.

“As a whole in our building we all had our own expectations and so we just assumed people were doing the same thing we were doing, but we all did it in a different way, so now we’re more consistent with our rules and expectations,” said Wilson-Fry.

Principal Nixon said another aspect of the success of the program is when the rules are followed, they have a ticket system to instantly reward students for good behavior. She said right now at the beginning of the school year is when they focus the most on the program, with the goal of avoiding lost time that could impact their curriculum later in the year.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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